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Hummingbird moths look like birds if you're not looking closely. They are moths that fly early in the morning and late in the day besides feeding at night. They don't seem to mind you getting close enough to feel the wind from their wings. How lovely!

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Comment by Heidi Fenter on December 30, 2011 at 8:35am

Wow, have never seen nor heard of such, will have to check into it. Thank you for the post

Comment by TheNatureInUs.com on August 6, 2011 at 6:31pm
I spent some time Googling about this after I saw something in a field guide that didn't match with what I thought.  I don't get into scientific names of stuff, but it sure does help to know what something REALLY is, although I love all these things so much, it seems so impersonal to use the scientific name - LOL.  It's kinda like when we were kids and your mom called you by your full name when you were in BIG trouble.
Comment by Crafty Gardener on August 6, 2011 at 6:22pm
Wow, thanks for that info. I had been told it was the larvae stage for the hummingbird moth. I'll have to change my blog info.
Comment by TheNatureInUs.com on August 6, 2011 at 6:18pm
The Tomato Hornworm is the larval stage of the Five-Spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata).  The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris Thysbe) is a different caterpillar.  I thought the same way for awhile and still get a bit confused on the issue.  Just thought you'd want to know ;-)  There's also different types of Clearwings and one is called Snowberry Clearwing  (Hemaris diffinis).  I just recently got a photo of one of those at a plantation we visited:  Snowberry Clearwing Moth.  Thanks for your interest in the video.  I think hornworms are pretty cool bugs and I love your great photos of them.


Comment by Crafty Gardener on August 6, 2011 at 2:43pm

Great video.  I've seen them in my garden once before and did manage to capture a photo of it.  I did a post about the tomato hornworm today, they are the caterpillar stage of the moth.

 


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