Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hawk Moth

Imagine my frustration when, upon seeing my first hawk moth right outside our front door recently, I had to resort to my inadequate phone camera to capture the moment. These moths are huge -- they can be mistaken for hummingbirds. Those are standard-sized bricks, so you can see how very substantial a creature this was, with a vividly striped, bulky body and handsomely marked wings. Read more about hawk moths, including the fact that they have tongues that can be more than a foot long, here.

1 comment:

Mary Schier said...

These are cool. I spotted one in my garden a couple of years ago and was absolutely convinced it was a bird for a few minutes. My sighting was also late in the season, so they must be more common in fall.