Friday, August 22, 2008

What is it? Bird or Insect?

One of the retreat ladies was out for a stroll and happened upon this creature. She came inside to ask me what it was and what she was describing was foreign to me. I went outside to take a look grabbing my camera of course.

Well, I never seen anything like this creature before. It navigated like a hummingbird but had antennas and insect legs - no feet. It was feeding on nectar of the white phlox perennial.
So I went inside and looked it up on the internet. This is what it is. A "Hummingbird Clearwing Moth". What a fine speciman it was. It had a lobster like tail and didn't seem to mind us talking and getting close up photos.
Aren't nature's creatures just amazing? Just when you think you've seen it all. Me at 51 years old, never seen this before? Wow!


Chris' Greetings from the Shady Grove said...

Nice job with these photos. They are hard buggers to capture on film.

kfair said...

I have seen these before in my backyard and I also was quite awed and amazed. You don't see them very often

Debbie - Genoa City said...

I had one of these in my cascading petunia planter. I took a couple pictures as I am 53 and have never seen one either. Your pictures are much better than mine.