Clearwing Sphinx Moth


Hovering over the bee balm this afternoon there was an imitator. Pretending to be as a hummingbird, appeared this Hummingbird Clearwing Sphinx Moth.

An unusual visitor at the manor, this hummingbird moth dined on the bright pink blossoms, moving in circular fashion around each flower. Such an unusual bug, one that I actually like.

It’s summertime, so keep an eye out on your blossoms. Perhaps one will grace your garden as well.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 100-400mm IS L II. 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600.

21 replies »

  1. The timing! I have never been able to shoot a sphinx moth, so I borrowed one for my post yesterday. Great shot there. Love these guys; just wish people weren’t intent on killing them before they become adults.

  2. Lovely photo! I grew up in the south east of the UK. We don’t have hummingbirds in the UK, but in the south east corner we do get rare summer visits (more common now I believe, thanks to climate change) from the hummingbird hawkmoth. We all used to run to the garden when one arrived at my dad’s fuchsias on a warm summer evening πŸ™‚

    • Is that right? That is really interesting David. I truly do appreciate your experience of what you see in your part of the world. It brings us together with similarities and differences.

      Now I can see you running out in the evening chasing a bug. πŸ™‚

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