I love how these weekly challenges are falling into my lap lately!
Just after sunset on June 28, I heard a few rolls of thunder and noticed the wind picking up. Because I’m famous for dropping watering cans all over the place, I went outside to secure my stray missiles! What happened next is something I HATE: I heard a buzzing sound and got bopped on the head!!!!!
Fortunately, the movement I’d felt was merely the beating wings of a moth…..one I’d never seen before, so I ran for the camera:
Clearwing Hummingbird Moths (aka Hemaris Thysbe) are 1.5 to 2″ long, greenish and burgundy in color, with pale-colored legs. This is very defintely a moth of North America, with a range that extends from Alaska/Southern Canada across to the Maritimes, downward to Florida and everywhere in between! It can easily be mistaken for a hummingbird, especially in sideview:
Note the movement of it’s wings! The moth hovered briefly, sipping for only a few seconds before flitting off!
I was so thrilled to photograph this unexpected visitor….and since I hate posts with loose ends almost as much as bops to the head I’ll leave you with an FYI it never did rain that night!
Until next time….
- Bathrobe photography: it’s a moth, not a hummingbird (natureofphotography.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement (imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge “movement” (melissajoelliott.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement (dontholaatme.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement (mikehardisty.wordpress.com)
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