ID Florida Hummingbird Plz

birdie73June 2, 2008

I see a small brown hummingbird the size of my thumb. No colors. I cannot find it listed anywhere. It loves lantana. I see them in the dusk around the flowers. Does anyone know what species of hummingbird this is. Cannot find it registered.

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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

Perhaps a rufous? They're uncommon here in the east, but not unheard of. Does it look anything like this?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 12:34PM
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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

Here's another pic...I realized that one above makes the throat look like a ruby's (but I think that's just the light refraction...these can look glowing in the right light too).

P.S.--Apologies to the original owners I'm linking to...I have no pics of a rufous.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 12:48PM
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sidk

"small brown hummingbird" + "loves lantana" + "in the dusk around the flowers" = SPHINX MOTH

Here is a link that might be useful: Sphinx Moths

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 2:56PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

My guess also is a sphinx moth commonly called a Hummingbird Moth.

Penny

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 9:49PM
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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

Huh...I didn't realize sphinx moths got as large as a person's thumb. What devious insects!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 9:27AM
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ctnchpr

This will probably upset some folks on the Butterfly Forum, but if you can, kill it. It's larvae feed on the leaves and fruit of the Nightshade family (tomato, pepper, eggplant).

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 10:28AM
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birdie73

Another clue for you. It doesn't sit on a wall like a moth would. The "hummingbird" sits on a branch like a regualr bird would.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 6:27PM
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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

Can you get a picture?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 10:14PM
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birdie73

one in a million chance of getting a picture. I see them only a few times a year, sometimes more. I have taken to caring my camera around and will try though. I have only ever seen them right before dusk.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 10:42PM
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chezron

I vote sphinx moth. I wouldn't kill them though.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 4:58PM
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birding_nut(6)

It could also be a clearwing moth, which is a different species from the sphinx moth.

BN

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 10:11PM
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sidk

Sphinx is the family of which the clearwing moth (aka clearwing sphinx) is a member.

Here is a link that might be useful: SPHINX, CLEARWING AND HAWK MOTHS-Family Sphingidae

    Bookmark   June 11, 2008 at 12:18AM
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kdolady

People! People! People! Please check out the link I'm sending which has pics of a few hummingbird moths. The pic Buckmaster has posted is clearly a Hummingbird and NOT a hummingbird moth.

http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/hthysbe.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/hthysbe.htm

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 1:54PM
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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

kdolady, people were not IDing my pictures...they were trying to ID the original poster's description. I have to admit it seems a sphinx moth is the most likely candidate...I only posted those pictures to try to give the OP a visual reference. Sorry for the confusion.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2008 at 8:42PM
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postlethwait(10Lehigh Acres)

Just had one on our lantana, I have never seen this before. We thought it was a really small hummingbird. Tried to get a picture of it but it was faster than we were. It was very dark, black with a strip of yellow on it's tail. After checking the web, I do believe it is a moth. We live in Lehigh Acres, outside of Fort Myers. It was no more than 1" long. Will have to see if it comes back.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 7:43PM
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melvalena

Postlethwait,

Did it look like this one at the link below?

Here is a link that might be useful: Amphion floridensis

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 7:04PM
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arorchid81

Are you kidding??? This beautiful little thing is a rufous hummingbird, not very often seen in Florida. I sure hope it moved on before someone tried to kill it thinking it was a moth!!!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 5:23PM
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christy2828(8a)

Why would someone kill that moth? They are great moths, lovely to look at!!!! My bet is it is the moth, I clipped this post years ago, because they are such great pictures of this moth!!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Moth

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 7:48PM
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DYB45

I see little brown hummingbirds at dusk around my plumbago. We don't see them often. They are not a moth as some have suggested. I hope the original poster can capture a picture.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 11:54PM
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