Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hummingbird Moths


The garden is teeming with hummingbird moths (aka sphinx moths) right now. They love the summer blooming perennials (echinacea, buddleia, monarda, etc.). They are the funniest looking things: part bee, part moth, part bird, part lobster (the tail!) in appearance. Such a treat to watch them feed on nectar!

6 comments:

Stone Art said...

These are truly fascinating indeed, havent seen one in a few years, but still remember it vividly.

DogLover said...

Saw one a few years ago along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Couldn't believe what I was seeing! had to find out what it was...the most amazing insect I've ever seen!

unknownseedsower said...

Nice at first glance i thought i was looking at a hummingbird.

Gotham Gardener said...

That photo is astounding. Looking forward to exploring the rest of your site.

Suzanne Lacalandra said...

I have two in my Butterfly Bushes. Assuming one is Male (with coloring on bottom), & the other Female (no coloring on bottom). Truely amazing creatures! On Long Island in NY

M.Flickner said...

I have seen one in my flower garden twice in the last few days. Had to find out what it was. I thought I discovered a new species. Lol. Too bad I didn't. Beautiful creatures.