Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A Moth by Any Other Name

This is a Sphingidae Moth the boys found buzzing around our Butterfly bush. We discovered this unusual family of moths for the first time last year by our Lilac bush and were surprised to read up on them and learn they are called "Hummingbird," "Sphinx" or "Hawk" moths. The unifying characteristic of these moths is the way they hover with blurringly rapid wing motions like the Hummingbird while drinking nectar with a long proboscis. We've spotted many varieties since, including some that look remarkably like bees or hornets, others that are dead ringers for the beautiful Hummingbird, and then there is this one...

Alex has named it, quite aptly I think...

"The Hummingbird Lobster Moth."

2 comments:

scmom said...

Ugh, I couldn't help but think about "The Silence of the Lambs." He's a big one!

Beck said...

I saw those for the first time in my life this spring! They're WEIRD!