Yesterday, I peered out into the gardens through the kitchen window. I watched as an assortment of butterflies flit from flower to flower and bush to bush dancing on the light breeze. I saw a female hummingbird sip nectar from the flowers on the deck. A daily visitor, she has also been enjoying the red bee balm that is blooming outside the dining room window. As I looked across the garden, I caught a glimpse of what appeared to be two baby hummingbirds buzzing around the magnificent butterfly bush. I had to go outside and get a closer peek.
Soon enough, I caught a glimpse through the zoom lense of my camera. Unafraid of me, eventually I was able to stand about two feet from the magnificent creature, only to realize that it wasn’t a hummingbird at all. It had two thick black antennae coming from its head. I snapped a bunch of photos hoping to get a good one to help us identify this mystery visitor. This was some sort of insect. With a quick phone call to Mr. Tilly’s Nest, he immediately told me that it must be a Humming Bird Moth. He was right. It sure was and this was the first time I had seen one in my life! Here is the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth that visited Tilly’s Nest today.
|The curled proboscis ready to sip on nectar|
|Wings flutter so quickly they are almost invisible.|
|Love this one with the wasp zooming by at the top!|
|Heading over to another blossom|
I also found this fabulous YouTube Video of one in action. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you too will be on the lookout in your own gardens for these amazing moths!
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest