|The hummingbird clearwing moth, Hemaris thysbe, has a wingspan of about two inches. Click to enlarge. |
The moth in the picture is hovering in the air while sipping nectar from a wild bergamot blossom. I spied it in Brooklyn Bridge Park this week. Initially, it is easy to mistake this fat furry reddish moth for a tiny hummingbird. Then it comes into focus and you see the antennae, the proboscis, and all the legs. In all the photos I took of this moth, it rested its front pair of legs on the blossom while drinking.
I never saw this type of hummingbird moth before. Great photo.ReplyDelete
This is the one I usually see in the New York and New Jersey area. Thanks!Delete
I found one in my yard...I live in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada.ReplyDelete
Good for you! Exciting find, isn't it? JReplyDelete
2nd. one I've seen in 2 years. Glad to learn what it is. Northern NJReplyDelete
It's a good sighting. One per year is a good rate, too!Delete
I saw one in my backyard today!ReplyDelete
Thank you, God, for showing me more of your beauty in the earth today.