This afternoon there was a sighting of my favorite insect – the hummingbird moth! It’s the first one I’ve seen this season. She (or he) was flitting about the flowers on the deck feeding on summer-ripened nectar. They are amazing little insects! They glitter like flying emeralds and look just like tiny hummingbirds – even their wings beat as fast and in the same way as the birds. But they are really a type of sphinx moth. They are so beautiful and I find them mesmerizing to watch. Of course as soon as I spotted it, ran for my camera and tried to get some photos. This is a lot more difficult than it sounds, because they are high-energy insects and they don’t stay in one place for more than a second or two. Plus, their wings are always moving and their backs are green – so they blend in with the plants. However, I did get a few good shots to share with you, and I think you’ll agree that she (or he) is lovely. I’m so happy to have received a visit today from this special winged creature.
Blessings to you,