Linda Day
Up the Crick

Hummingbird Moth


For the first summer ever, we've had a hummingbird moth frequenting our wildflower garden.

I've only seen these amazing insects a few times in my 61 years on this earth, but this is the first time I've ever had the opportunity to photograph one.



Now for your entomology lesson of the day:

This is a snowberry clearwing moth, a species of hummingbird moth.  Not only are these huge insects about the size of a small hummingbird, they also fly and move like hummingbirds.  Most moths and butterflies land on flowers to sip the nectar, but not these...they hover over the flowers (they LOVE bee balm, which we have lots of in our wildflower garden)...



...and then unfurl their long tongues to sip nectar.  Their wings even make a small humming sound like hummingbirds do.

Very, very cool monster-size insects (for Indiana, anyway...)!

Hummingbird moth.




Anique Gray

Wow just wow! This is really neat Terry :)

Terri Chapman

I had one at my house they other day as well. He probably travels the road eating his meals :)

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