19 Oct 2011

Delightfully Winged: Humming bird Moth

Many birds can hover, but not a single bird does it quite as well as a humming bird. There is however a creature that can compete with, and is often mistaken for a hummingbird.   The White-lined Phynx moth, aka humming bird moth, or hawk moth, does it equally as well.  It too feeds on nectar and helps nature pollinate flowers, including the rare Lemon Lily.  Host plants for this moth include: Evening Primrose, Apple, Tomato, Willow Weed and Fuchsia.

The White-lined Phynx is a beautiful moth that is very colorful when compared to others of it's species.  Unfortunately I have only the one photo in which it's wings are folded, as I do not often encounter this moth.
If you wish to see this The White-lined Phynx moth's full splendor, while seeing it fly like a hummingbird, just follow this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BVrKgTRivA


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