Monday, August 9, 2010

Hummingbird or Moth?

The butterfly bush has been attracting lots of creatures this season: lots of butterflies, of course, but also bees, moths, birds, and a variety of the hummingbird category. We did see the occasional hummingbird but more of the Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. There actually is a see-through (clear) portion of it s wing. When I first saw it I thought it was a hummingbird as it has the same kind of wing action, the habit of hovering at a plant, and a proboscis like the hummingbird, plus I had never heard of hummingbird moths before. But it is a moth, not a bird, no matter how similar. Now I am on the lookout for this intriguing expression of nature. It seems to be a regular visitor. It isn’t easy to photograph, however, because its wings move so fast. I read that they beat seventy times a second! Quite a feat, beating at that speed and staying in place. They are common in the northeast and easy to attract. Summer is just fascinating with its variety!

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  1. What a cool looking creature! It is very bird like with that tail and fat body. :)

  2. They are strange. There were three more on the bush today. I think Mother Nature is sending out the word about a good place to eat. And they weren't the least bit afraid even though I was standing, mouth agape, about six inches away.

  3. I really enjoyed your post! I would like to invite you to join the Scotts Wild Bird Food page on Facebook. I have included a link for the page below. Bill ^ Scotts