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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Camera Critters - Hummingbird Clearwing-Sphinx Moth

I've never seen these before until I planted my butterfly bush. Which, the butterfly bush is doing it's job. I've seen a yellow, brown and an orange butterfly now on it. I will post those photos later. They say that most people will mistake these moths for either a hummingbird or a bumble bee. I said the same thing. It's a cross between a hummingbird because they suck nectar out of the plant like they'd do, although they are small but a little bigger than a bumble bee and kind of look like one. I've found out through the Internet, they are called Hummingbird Clearwing. There are variations. I think mine is called the Sphinx Moth. To see more and clearer photos, click on the link after these photos. The site goes into more detail and they have close up photos. It was hard for me to get a really good photo of them.





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9 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Great minds.......I posted a White-lined Sphinx moth another type of Hummingbird Moth. they love Petunias. There were bunches of them I had never seen so many. It is fun to see them isn't it. MB

Kahshe Cottager said...

Oh, I have wanted to see one of these forever! Maybe this year! Great photo!

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ratmammy said...

It does look like a bee~! very pretty photos.

bobbie said...

Fascinating creatures! Great pictures!

storyteller said...

I’ve never heard of a ‘butterfly bush’ or ‘Hummingbird Clearwing’ … but I enjoyed your photos and post today because I love learning new things like this. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

babooshka said...

Beautiful and on my fvaourite buddleia. Fabulous.

Kris said...

I wonder what the grub looks like?

Kelly said...

Fascinating photos and really great photos!

Misty Dawn said...

I have never seen one of these in person, but my dad and I have been talking about them recently, and he got me a photo of one he saw. They are really neat!

I really, really want a butterfly bush! My husband was supposed to get me one when he got all the fruit and berry trees/bushes for our orchard, but he forgot :-(

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