ID on hummingbird like bug?

flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)June 27, 2005

Hi since I don't think or know if this bug is a pest I'll post on the wildlife forum instead! (no sense in insulting a harmless or beneficial? bug) I saw the most unusual bug and was just wondering what it was.... it resembles a tiny tiny hummingbird but was too small for that. It was about bumble bee size. The wings were in constant motion (as it flew) and looked like a hummingbirds.... it also had a pointed "snout" or beak like looking thing that curled (a little?) at the end. Is there some bug that looks like a hummingbird? It was hard to tell color since it was moving so fast but it looked mostly blackish.... :)

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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

It's most likely a Sphinx, or Hummingbird, moth.

It pollinates flowers as it drinks the nectar.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hummingbird moth

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 5:04PM
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flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)

Yeah that's what it is.... look how cute! :)

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 5:46PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

I just love those things! I look forward to seeing them around my hosta flowers and clome every year. I find them mostly around dusk. Ain't nature grand?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 7:42PM
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dgower82(6 SE MI)

They love plants in the tomatoe family. Even though they can be a little damaging, I always leave the hornworms on the plants.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 10:51PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

dgower........what plants do you usually find the hummingbird moths' caterpillars on?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 3:09PM
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dgower82(6 SE MI)

tomatoes, brugmansia, and ground cherry

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 5:51PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

They aren't those big tomato hornworms, are they????

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 6:37PM
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dgower82(6 SE MI)

yep

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 2:51PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

You're kidding! I guess I'll be a little more friendly to them now! Actually, I never kill them when I find them eating all my tomatoes, but I do remove them to the bushes. I like them much more as moths!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2005 at 6:44PM
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amy_z6_swpa

Yep, that is one of the clearwing moths. That is an AMAZING photo! Did you take it, flowersandthings?

The Sphingidae are some of my favorites. They are all so beautiful too.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 2:13PM
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flowersandthings(MidAtlantic 6/7)

Lol I wish no.... It was a photo I found through googling. I didn't have my camera when I saw it. I often am not quick enough with the wildlife. I also saw the cutest groundhog the other day that bolted (fast as he could which wasn't very fast!) when he saw me. :)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 2:26PM
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stuart_s(Central WI)

Just a few thing need clarification on this thread:
The hornworms you find on tomatoes turn into a sphinx moth called a Five-spotted Hawkmoth or they can be Carolina Sphinxs. The little hummingbird moths are called Clearwings (also sphinx moths), but the caterpillars eat viburnum, cherry, plum, honeysuckle or snowberry.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 2:38PM
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dgower82(6 SE MI)

Hey thanks for clarifing, I always thought it was the other way around.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 4:19PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks Stuart!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 5:04PM
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Keithincanton(Z5 MI)

This thread was a big help, many thanks to all! We just saw our first Hummingbird Moth at 8PM on 14July in our backyard in Canton, MI. The camera was not handy.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 1:18PM
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nettiescorner(z5/6 MI)

We must be neighbors. I, too saw that moth yesterday in my yard, in Canton. It was near my petunias yesterday evening. I first thought it was a hummingbird. My mother-in-law insisted it was a baby hummingbird. But, hummingbirds do not have antenna. I got a pretty good look at it. It stayed around for a while and nearly hit me in the head. It was close enough to my ear to hear it buzzing. It sounded like a hummingbird, but, didn't quite move quick enough though. WOW. Nature is fantastic. I never knew that they existed.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 12:15PM
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dmilligan(Z7 VA)

I saw what I think was one of these yesterday (7/17/2005) in the flower garden. It was hanging around the buttefly bush.

I managed to catch him on the digital camera.

Here is a link that might be useful: Moth

    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 7:51AM
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Kaeljia(6a Vancouver Is)

Does anyone know how long they live? I mean it looks so much like a hummingbird, it actually has a large body. Hard to think it could only live one season.
This is a good site for any ID for strange insects to be indentified. Hope it helps. The name is well harsh, but the information is very good.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pest Control Canada

    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 3:09PM
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linwallace(5b IL)

Great little "bug". And yes, Nature sure is grand! These guys love my butterfly bushes.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2005 at 1:43PM
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zzzee_hotmail_com

It's not a hummingbird moth...still researching...maybe this photo link will help the experts...

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 8:22PM
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dirtgirl(So. Illinois)

judging by the size of the flower next to this creature and by the stiletto-like appendage there, I am guessing what you have here is some kind of bee fly, although I have never seen one that amazing shade of reddish orange before.

anyone else...?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2008 at 7:13PM
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