The Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth 1


Spring has definitely arrived here in the South! Outside of not being able to breathe, it’s a very welcoming site. As I was walking around I came across the oddest creature that I can’t remember having noticed before.

It appeared like a miniature hummingbird. It flew up, down and around, forward and backwards, hovering just like and hummingbird. It also had a couple of hornet like stripes on its body that made me think that it was a bee.


Hummingbird Moth 2


After investigating online, (How did we ever survive, before the internet?) I learned that this little creature technically belong to Sphinx family of moths, and are known as a Hummingbird Moth or a Hawk Moth depending on which side of the pond you live. Which makes me wonder about the hawks on the other side.




Another sign that spring is here in the South, are the Dogwood trees. It looks like they will be blooming in time for Easter in a couple of weeks.





  1. Len Saltiel March 18, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    Never heard of this moth Phillip. Very cool. Nice images.

    • Phillip March 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

      Neither had I. It was real odd. You know that it isn’t a hummingbird unless it was very young because it only a couple inches or so long. However it act so much like one that I found myself trying to explain why it wasn’t. Thanks for visiting Len.

  2. Otto von Münchow March 19, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Well captured, Phillip. I am sure catching a moth like that isn’t easy at all. The last picture is so clean and simple in its composition, it’s a pure delight.

    • Phillip March 20, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      Well, except for the part of not ever noticing one before it was fairly easy. While this fellow moved quickly, plant to plant, it stayed fairly close.

  3. Edith Levy March 20, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    I wish I can say that spring has arrived in Toronto…but it hasn’t. Great shots Phillip.

    • Phillip March 20, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      We’ll still have a few cool nights before it is all over, but nothing like you guys. Thanks for visiting Edith.

  4. LensScaper March 20, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Nice captures Phillip.

    • Phillip March 20, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      Thanks, I appreciate it Andy!

  5. Jimi Jones March 27, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Beautiful shots, Phillip. Nice vivid colors. I’ve seen these creatures before, had no idea what they were of course.

    We are STILL waiting for Spring in my neck of the woods. Should be coming along soon… I hope. 🙂

    • Phillip March 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      I appreciate it Jimi. I wouldn’t have ever known myself had it not been for Google. Thanks for dropping by!

  6. Andrew Graeme Gould March 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    That hummingbird moth is a really interesting find, Phillip.These are all beautiful images, and I specially like the selective focus and fine detail in the last one.

    • Phillip March 31, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      Thank you so much Andrew.

  7. Diane May 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis).

    • Phillip May 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      Thank you Diane. I Googled “Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis)” and you are correct. What an unusual moth!

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