Thursday, July 19

And speaking of flying. . .


In the garden yesterday I saw what I thought was a little hummingbird. Very small -- maybe 1.5 inches long. It was flying around my impatiens, seeming to suck nectar from each flower. On closer inspection, I saw it wasn't a bird at all, but a bug, with legs and a fanned-out lobster-like tail. I'd never seen one before, so I looked it up, and it's a MOTH -- appropriately named a hummingbird clearwing moth. So, where have you been all of my life?

8 comments:

  1. They are the coolest things. We used to get them around the moon flowers at Gregg's house. I loved sitting on the swing and watching them.

    Dee Dee

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  2. I love to watch these...they love Geraniums. Every year we get them in July here in the south of the UK. They hover and dart about, I can watch them for hours given the chance.

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  3. well, some of them
    have been over at my house!


    these moths liked my impatiens,
    pentas, anything blooming bright.

    thought they were hummingbirds
    but they moved too smoothly,
    too curvy...

    h-birds rather dart about.

    :-)

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  4. I saw those for the first time last summer and was fascinated by them. I could get so close, just inches away, and they didn't fly off. I am hoping they return this year!!!

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  5. Leslis,

    That is so cool! I found one years ago in Pa and felt just like you, where do these neat bugs pop up from? I added him to my collection, and you have inspired me to start a new one.

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  6. we have had those and...

    hummingbirds galore - they LOVE the bee balm - and Luna our doxie girl barks at them...

    well and anything else that moves, or looks different, or - and especially - wears brown shorts and carries brown boxes - now that - requires professional doxie barking

    xox - eb.

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  7. Thanks for looking that up! I've seen those occasionally around here and thought they were hummingbirds at first too!

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  8. What an amazing creature! Excellent photography BTW!

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