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hummingbird moth

Posted by salmonslayer z8 OR (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 27, 09 at 2:22

This is a Hummingbird Moth that I seen in my yard today. I have never seen one. Have you seen one? Where?
Larry

Here is a link that might be useful: Hummingbird Moth


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I've never seen one up here, but my sister-in-law in Nevada has them visiting her garden.


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Cool! I've never seen one either.....always assumed they were limited to warmer, more arid locations but apparently there is one species native to this area. And late August seems to be the preferred time for sightings.


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It's called a white-lined sphinx. At dusk they will visit the garden. We used to have a long row of 4-o'clocks which they visited every evening. There are many species of sphinx moths in N America. The tomato hornworm is the larval stage of another beautiful one, for example.

Enjoy the show.

Jim

Here is a link that might be useful: White Lined Sphinx


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...and Larry's sphinx moth is pictured visiting a petunia; that is very typical of these moths. I had a different sphinx species roosting on the gate a month ago (Portland). They are not often seen because they have a pretty short daily flight time, and at dusk may escape most people's notice whereas hummingbirds stand out in the light of day.


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I've never caught one in action but I do sometimes come across one resting.

Very nice photo!


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I think I may have seen one in my garden in SE Portland but I'm not positive.


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One year I had petunias in hanging baskets and was surprised to see this moth feeding on them at twilight. I live in coastal Northern California (Humboldt County) where hummingbirds abound, but the moth seems to prefer petunias and petunias only.


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These large moths have a long proboscis and are able to feed at larger flower such as petunias.


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