|Is it a bird, a bee or super shrimp?
Some people think these moths look like baby hummingbirds, others believe they’ve spotted a mutant bee and some just don’t know what to think the first time they see one.
It’s easy to see how they picked up the hummingbird moniker. Darting about and hovering while feeding they do look like a hummer at first glance. Well at least for most people, my wife came yelling for me to see the mutant bumblebee the first time she saw one.
Eggs are deposited on the undersides of leaves. Viburnum, hawthorn and wild cherry are plentiful around my house and are probably the main food source for the caterpillars here. The green caterpillars (hornworms) have horns on their rear ends – someday I’ll get a photo. The larvae pupate under leaf litter in cocoons. Hummingbird moths have a real liking for garden phlox and I make sure my gardens have plenty of it to attract them.
Getting a sharp photo of these moths is hard at best. They’re not shy but they dart about so quickly there’s no time to focus the camera. Before you can press the shutter button they’ve moved on to the next flower. Out of hundreds of attempts these are the best I could manage. I’m going to have to set up the tripod and pre-focus on a flower and hope the little bugger stops there.
Lobster Bee is my pet name for these moths. I didn’t come up with the name – my wife did after getting a closer look at one.
I won’t argue with her but I think they look more like flying shrimp.
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