Have you seen this guy flying around in your garden?
For a second, you might have asked yourself if it was a bird? Or a bug?
Yet, it acts like a hummingbird because it hovers, buzzes, and flies like a hummingbird.
It is a hummingbird moth. This fast hummingbird moth beats its clear wings up to 70 beats per second. It can fly up to 12 mph.
If you look closely, you can see it has a long tongue-like proboscis that rolls out of its coiled tub to reach the nectar deep inside flowers. Its tongue is about double the length of its body. source
You might be thinking, this guy can't be a moth because it is flying around in the daytime, and we know that moths fly at night. At least that is what I was thinking when I saw him in my gardens. I read they actively feed on flower nectar in the daytime.
I hope to see the Hummingbird Moth (Clear Wing Moth) in my garden again and get more pics.
I would love to know if you have seen the Hummingbird Moth in your gardens.