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Hummingbird Moths

August 29th, 2009

I always find the variety of insects that come through the garden very fascinating. It seems like every time you stop while working in the garden you notice the hum and buzz of all the small things that live in the garden. They range of teeny tiny that you can barely see and then there are big ones like the hummingbird moth.
This is a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth, there are a few different kinds. They’re fascinating to see moths that mimic bird. They flit from flower to flower gathering nectar just like a hummingbird. I’m sure many people are confused and think they’re just baby hummingbirds.

Any fascinating bugs in your gardens?

8 Comments to “Hummingbird Moths”
  1. annie avery on August 29, 2009 at 7:17 am

    i’ve always called them sphinx moth. same thing? they are stunning to see, yes!

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  2. marcyincny on August 29, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Lovely. I’ve never seen the clear-winged variety.
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  3. deedee on August 29, 2009 at 9:50 am

    never seen one of those before! so pretty!

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  4. the inadvertent farmer on August 29, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Yes, hubby’s bees…but they aren’t nearly as interesting to photograph as your beautiful moth, just lovely! Kim
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  5. KitsapFG on August 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I think the hummingbird moths are fascinating to watch. I love it when one shows up in the garden.

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  6. stefaneener on August 30, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Nothing too interesting — just the usuals, really. What’s been fascinating this year is how few predacious insects (toward vegetables) there have been. Really minimal attacks. Go figure.

    I would love to see a hummingbird moth. I wonder if I’d notice its mothiness, or just think it was a hummer?
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  7. Paul Zollinger on September 2, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Cool! I’ve never heard of the beastie…

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  8. Pam Maughmer on August 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I saw them just this year, and yes, I did think they were baby hummingbirds. I just couldn’t figure out why they had antenna. They are so tiny and move so fast I have not been able to photograph one yet.

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