Friday, June 1, 2012

Hummingbird Moth

I saw this moth on our irises the other day.  Thought it was beautiful so I grabbed my camera and took a few images.  I think she was laying eggs.

I didn't realize it until she took flight that this is a Hummingbird Moth.  It flits and flies just like a hummingbird, and feeds by hovering above a blossom while using its long tongue to sip the nectar.

This moth isn't rare in our area, but it isn't common either. Based on a Google search and a quick read, this appears to be one of three species of hummingbird moths and is the smallest of the three, coming in at between 1.5" and 2".  I like its name: Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth.

Paul, you'll be impressed!  Just for you... this is a hemaris diffinis