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Not a Hummingbird….a Sphinx Moth

August 28, 2013

Not a Hummingbird....a Sphinx Moth

The last few nights when I’ve gone out to walk the dog I’ve seen at least a few dozen of these hovering around the flowers in the landscaping. At first they look like humming birds, but they are actually a moth that is quite common. This exact species is called the white-lined sphinx moth and I have no idea how anyone gets a picture of one of these without a high-speed camera. I made several attempts with my phone but I couldn’t get close enough. They are somewhat tame, but the second you get too close they dart away at a pretty impressive speed. If you’d like to know more about these visit the following link. http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Hyles-lineata

Privet Hawk moth, Sphinx ligustri

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