Hummingbird Moths


Sometimes, it’s the shots you DON’T get. A few years ago, I captured a hummingbird moth on my camera phone. It was mostly a blur, and I had never seen anything like it. It sounded like a bee or a hummingbird, and the wings moved so fast that usually I could barely see them with the naked eye. Plus, Lois and I were probably having daiquiris in the garden. Ever since, I have been interested in, and wanted to capture these bugs on film. All I had was this one blurry, crappy picture and it kinda drove me nuts.

hummingbird moth, nicotiana, tobacco flower

This spring, I was delighted to see them on my own lilac bushes. At first, the yellow and black stripes on their bodies reminded me of a bee of some kind. But when I sped up to 60 frames per second on the Nikon, I was surprised to see that the wings on these moths were … transparent!

 

lilacs butterflies and hummer moths 052keep

 

lilacs butterflies and hummer moths 052keep

 Also, the proboscis is funky! Their tongues just kind of curl up under the chin when not sipping nectar.

hummingbird moth, forget me nots, pajari

If you are as nerdy as me and want to know more, here is the wiki link I used.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lin on June 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I’m SO glad you got that super duper camera from your Honey!

  2. Posted by Monday, Thursday, Friday Kathy on June 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I was mesmerized when I saw my first one. And did research until I found out what it was. Nature is so jaw dropping cool! And when I think I’ve seen it all – I see something new! Great pics!

  3. Posted by loispajari on June 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Awesome pictures Sissy!!

  4. Posted by LoieJ Other Lois on June 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Great shots! My grandsons are here this week. Wish we could come over. :0(

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