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This is a hummingbird moth sipping nectar from a butterfly bush flower. These are fast moving and very hard to capture, much like the hummingbird. Nikon D5000, 85 mm Nikor macro lens

The Hummingbird Moth is not a hummingbird at all. It is a moth. They are sometimes called a Sphinx Moth or a Hawk Moth. The hummingbird moth can sometimes be mistaken for hummingbirds or even baby hummingbirds, however, baby hummingbirds do not fly. And those little feathers out of place on the top of its head are not feathers, they are antenna. Another clue is if the creature allows you to get closer to get a second look without giving you an earful and zipping away at the speed of light, it is probably a hummingbird moth. Also, if it has brown striping or yellow and black striping along its back (and it’s not a bumble bee), it’s most likely a hummingbird moth.

The hummingbird moth belongs to the family of moths technically call the Sphingidae family or Sphinx family of moths. A hummingbird moth can be considered to be a medium to large moth with a wingspan of five (5) or more inches. They tend to fly strong and fast like a hummingbird with a rapid wing beats. The hummingbird moth is usually active at dusk. However, they have been known to be active throughout the day traveling from flower to flower, much like a hummingbird. The hummingbird moth will feed on a flower much like a hummingbird. But instead of a beak and tongue to lap the nectar, they have little straws to sip the nectar from a flower. These little straws are called a proboscis.

There are many different types of Hummingbird Moths. These can include the Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth, the Tersa Sphinx Hummingbird Moth, and the White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth

Since the World of Hummingbirds focuses on hummingbirds, it is not appropriate to have a lot of information on the hummingbird moth. There are tons of very informative websites out there about the hummingbird moth that can be found through Google.

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  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisalmost 2 years ago


    December 22/2012
    Congratulations Penny with your feature, a wonderful job!
    Enjoy the Permanent Featured Gallery!!!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Thank you Jo for choosing my image to be featured in your group. Merry Christmas

    – Penny Rinker

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you Larry

    – Penny Rinker

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 2 years ago

    March 9, 2013

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you so much Teresa for the honor of having my image featured in your group.

    – Penny Rinker

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortieralmost 2 years ago

    Very interesting capture!!

  • Thanks Sandra. Thanks for stopping by

    – Penny Rinker

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisalmost 2 years ago


    March 16/2013
    Congratulations Penny, A Top Ten Winner in the
    Winged Insects – March Avatar Challenge
    An excellent image of a Winged Insect, very well done!
    For more news please stop by in the Group Message
    Cheers, Jo;)

  • Thank you so much for the honor of having my image featured in your group.

    – Penny Rinker

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortieralmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture…looks more like a bird! So interesting. Just went to see butterflies at our botanical gardens but they didn’t have one of these!

  • Thanks Sandra. We don’t have them every year but for the last two we have so maybe they’ll be back again

    – Penny Rinker

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisalmost 2 years ago


    March 17/2013
    Congratulations Penny by winning with the
    IB and CC – AVATAR MARCH Challenge with 10 VOTES!!!
    An excellent winning image!
    For more news please visit the Group Message!!!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Oh my goodness!!!!!! So honored! I have been trying and trying to win an avatar challenge. This truly is an honor and I’m so excited!!!! Thanks

    – Penny Rinker

  • Prettyinpinks
    Prettyinpinksalmost 2 years ago

    23/03/13 Beautiful! Can’t believe that’s a moth!

  • Thank you so much for the great honor of having my image featured in your group. Yup it’s a moth. Did you google it? They’re quite interesting actually. And always on the move. Hard to get a good focus on one, so you see why I was so elated to have captured this one. Thanks again.

    – Penny Rinker

  • I just had to go google this one for you. It’s an interesting read. Have fun!
    http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/moth.php

    – Penny Rinker

  • Kathleen Daley
    Kathleen Daleyalmost 2 years ago

    wow!! what a fantastic capture!!

  • Thank you so much. And thanks for taking a look. Glad you like it.

    – Penny Rinker

  • Prettyinpinks
    Prettyinpinksalmost 2 years ago

    You’re welcome, I love this photo so much! I had a quick google hehe – they look so much like butterflies, I was so surprised to see “moth” in the title because I was like “no, that’s a butterfly, isn’t it?” ;)

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