The Whimsical Hummingbird Moth
The lilac’s bloom heralds the arrival of the hummingbird clearwing moths. I am fascinated with these whimsical looking creatures. Clear window-pane wings, fuzzy bodies, big eyes, antenna that mimic eyelashes, and curly probiscis, they remind me of little garden fairies.
Inevitably, I spend an inordinate amount of time photographing them, trying for the perfect shot. Their frenetic activity, flying among the honey bees with no apparent plan or pattern make them a challenging subject.
So, as long as the lilacs last we’ll enjoy the clearwings.
More hummingbird moths:
16 June 2014: The Scent of Purple
15 June 2013: Feasting on Lilacs
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