Sunday, July 15, 2012

Clearwing Sphinx Hummingbird Moth

This little guy was visiting a floral booth during our recent trip to the Waukesha Farmer's Market. At first, someone said, "Oh, no - a wasp!"  Then someone else chimed in, "No, it's a hummingbird!"  But upon further inspection, we realized it was a Clearwing Sphinx Moth, also known as a hummingbird moth. My camera could not quite capture the wings because of their constant high-speed motion, but you can see its long beak-like tongue as it drinks flower nectar (below).  It also has a cousin in these parts called White-Lined Sphinx (or Hawk) Moth.


Judy said...

Bugs should never be that big! We have some like that here too and they hang out around the honeysuckle vines.

Moira said...

These are great pictures! I have never seen one of those before! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the great comment :)

MJ said...

Thanks for visiting, Moira. By the way - I love your blog... so many interesting and creative ideas!