Monday, August 12, 2013

Hummingbird Clearwing

During a short walk on Saturday along Carleton College’s Lyman Lakes, I photographed this Hummingbird Clearwing, a moth that mimics hummingbirds. Actually to me it appears to mimic three hummers—the green head reminds me of a Ruby-throated, the brown body and wings look like a Rufous, and the abdomen is reminiscent of South American coquettes.

Hummingbird Clearwings are day-flying moths and hover while the sip flower nectar. This one is at Bee Balm—they also feed at honeysuckle, snowberry, hawthorns and various fruit trees (butterfliesandmoths.org). The moth is found in gardens (where they do no damage) and city suburbs across much of North America.

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