Tuesday, August 7, 2018

HUMMINGBIRD CLEARWING MOTH


On Sunday we went to a park we haven't been to before. It is called Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington DC.  Considering it was so hot yesterday, there were a lot of people walking around.  I will post more from the garden later, but I wanted to share the first hummingbird moth I had seen in ages.

We hadn't gone far before Gregg said he thought
he had sighted a hummingbird. It wasn't but it was a hummingbird moth.  It would have been lovely to see the bird of course, but I was delighted with this little beauty.



I found a great website here, where you can read more information. 
Our little friend is a Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe (Fabricius, 1775) in the family Sphingidae.
I will show you more photos of the garden very soon.



32 comments:

  1. Oh my GOSH!! How on earth did you get such fabulous and clear photos? This is amazing to me. I have never seen or heard of him. He has stripes, fringe on his tail, green fur, and clear wings. We see quite a few hummingbird photos, but this is something much more rare and unusual. The last photo, it looks like he is hovering in the air completely still to pose for you!!! I am totally stunned.

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    1. I am very happy you enjoyed these Ginny. Thank you! I found myself holding my breath for a second or two while taking these, and was so delighted when they turned out well.

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  2. Wow. And wow again. Looking forward to more from the garden.

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    1. Thanks EC, I am in the middle of a post on the garden right now.

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  3. What I know about nature could be written on the back of a postage stamp and I have never heard of a hummingbird moth. But what a beauty. And your photos are fabulous!

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  4. Oh wow! I thought for a minute I was about to see a hummingbird but was astonished to read that it was a hummingbird moth. Isn't it pretty? You do have some great sightings where you live, Denise.

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  5. amazing amazing amazing photos of this sweet little moth. love it

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  6. This would certainly make you take a second look.

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  7. Wow...you really captured some beautiful shots of this fun creature. I don't think I've ever seen one in person!

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    1. Thank you Ellen, I'm happy you enjoyed them.

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  8. Hello, Great captures of the Clearwing Moth. Have a happy day and week ahead.

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  9. We were there last year and loved seeing the water lilies and lotus blooms. You were really able to capture that hummingbird moth beautifully. Awesome!

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    1. How fun to know you were there Kay, and thank you.

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  10. seeing this clearwing moth brought back memories of our years in Virginia. We had butterfly bushes in the front yard and these were frequent visitors. I can remember my amazement at the first time I saw one. Thanks for the memory reminder, Denise.

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    1. That's interesting, the first time I ever saw one it was on a butterfly bush. I remember being amazed too. You are very welcome for the memory it evoked Dorothy. Happy traveling!

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  11. Hi Denise,
    Not a moth I have ever seen or heard of.
    Wonderful set of images of this beautiful moth.
    Do you get Hummingbirds in your area, I have read of people putting out feeders in Canada for them.
    All the best, John

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    1. Hi John, glad you enjoyed him. We do get the occasional hummingbird but I have never put out feeders as I never know when their migration occurs. I should find out I know. All the best to you too my friend.

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  12. Those moths are just amazing! I've only seen them a couple of times and can see them better in your pictures than I ever could in person.

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    1. Hi Sallie, they truly are. Camera's have a way of making you notice every detail don't they?

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