The Clear-Winged Hummingbird Moth is an unusual insect. I found this little guy just a few weeks ago fluttering about and feeding from the Joe Pye Weed shrubs in my garden. I had no idea what it was. I posted a photo of it on another Web Site and then found out just how rare it is to see one and photo one.
A great thing to learn is that it is not endangered! The species differ according to the areas they live in. Its appearance is such that it is mistaken as a bumble bee or a hummingbird. Well, I never thought it was a hummingbird but I did wonder what kind of bee it was! The antennae are long and marked. Nothing like any bee I have ever seen. Unlike most moths this insect has NO hearing organs. It is largely covered with thick fur.
I had a good time with these guys. They have returned a few times and I am sure they have been out there when I wasn't aware.
Well, I am readying to go back out and find where that lemon yellow butterfly is. Sure is a pretty one and big too!
Angela Hodge 8-2013 Image my own Lightedcolour Photography AH Time Stamped 8-2013