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ID on hummingbird like bug?

Posted by flowersandthings MidAtlantic 6/7 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 27, 05 at 16:13

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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RE: ID on hummingbird like bug?

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


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

Here is a link that might be useful: It looks like a sort of hummingbird imposter! :) I think its pretty and very cute.! :)


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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?


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


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


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tomatoes, brugmansia, and ground cherry


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


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yep


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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!


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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.


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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. :)


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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.


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


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Thanks Stuart!


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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.


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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.


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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


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RE: ID on hummingbird like bug?

  • Posted by Kaeljia 6a Vancouver Is (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 18, 05 at 15:09

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


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


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

Here is a link that might be useful: hummingbird-like bug on my flickr pix


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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...?


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