Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hummingbird Moth

This evening, as my younger son and I were walking home from a nearby Mexican restaurant, we spotted a diminutive hummingbird hovering above a flowerbed. But the creature had antennae! My son conjectured that we were looking at a moth. He dug into his pocket for his iPhone and took the blurry picture above.

My son was correct. According to Whitney Cranshaw, Specialist in Entomology (Colorado State University Cooperative Extension), we had spotted a "hummingbird" moth (family Sphingidae), also known as a "sphinx" or "hawk" moth. (A glamour shot of the moth, courtesy of Mr. Cranshaw, is provided above.) This moth is a retiring fellow, waiting until the quiet dusk to do its nectaring.

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