Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Yesterday I was at the local Farmer's Market. One of the booths was a gentleman who brings in perennial plants, shrubs, and trees. He had quite a variety of butterfly bushes. While I was admiring a beautiful dark purple variety, I noticed ( and heard) a buzzing much like a hummingbird. But no, it was a bee!  Or was it?  It moved like a hummingbird and sampled nectar with an antenna shaped much ike a hummingbird's beak
The nurseryman explained that it is called a hummingbird or clearwing moth .  After researching it as soon as I arrived home, I learned that it is a Holarctic genus of sphinx moth also called Hemaris. There are 17 species and 4 of those fly in North America.  Fascinating!  How did I get to be  64 years old and never have seeone of these before?  Maybe I just wasn't observant enough.  From now on I will keep a look out for the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth!

4 comments:

Crafty Gardener said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Jane Marie said...

What? More new information? I don't think this old brain can take it! Thanks Crafty!

Crafty Gardener said...

Thanks for the tips you left at my blog Jane Marie. This is the first year I've had these bugs, and the tomato plants are in a different location than they were last year. An interesting thing I discovered is that they are on my red tomatoes and in the middle pot are yellow tomatoes. I'm wondering if the eggs were in the soil that the tomato plants came in from the garden center? I have marigolds as companion plants but will try some of what you recommend for next year. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

CathyH said...

I first saw these when I lived in VA in my gardens! Had to look it up too!