Friday, April 10, 2009

Name that Bug!

It took us a long time to realize these were NOT hummingbirds. They act like hummingbirds, they fly like hummingbirds, they eat like hummingbirds, they're almost as big as hummingbirds, but they're definitely not birds. I'm thinking some kind of moth. Do YOU know what they are? Do tell!

I've never seen one in quite this much detail, since they're VERY fast. Luckily my camera is a bit quicker than my own eye.

You can click the larger pictures for a bit more that Blogger cropped off.
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UPDATE! Do you think they look like this?

Turns out they're named..... (drumroll please) .... hummingbird moths! White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth to be exact. Click the image to link the article I found after a 3-second google search.


Want to compare side by side? I do.

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I think we have a match!

(this pdf article has another great photo)

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