Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Interesting Finds

Photo by Rick Scott I was shooting some macros the other day, right around dusk, while waiting for someone to move out so I could find a geocache, when this little guy came buzzing up near me. I was in a little garden and I am sure the petunias nearby were quite the draw this late in the fall.

I had no idea what he was, but he didn't frighten like a regular hummingbird and there seemed to be too many feet for it to not be a bug. I was checking out my terrible pictures of it and was able to do a search and find that there is a hummingbird moth and that is what I was seeing. This is not my photo but I put the credit and link in the alt text if you want to see more of Rick Scott's work.

I found a cool site that has all the stages as well as the catapiller (which looks a lot like the tomato hornworm) that you might want to check out if you have time. It is called and this link will take you directly to the Hummingbird Moth section but I am sure the rest of the site is awesome as well.

Oh, and in my quest to identify this guy, I found this other site called What's That Bug that has some great info and photos that people turn in. That is the initial place I landed and identified this moth from.


Haha said...

I showed this pic to my collegue Matt just now and he says we have them here in Oregon. I will now be on the lookout for my first sighting....Way cool!

Anonymous said...

That's a great photograph.

Mishka said...

Yeah, wish I had taken it...haha. I think mine would have turned out better if it wasn't getting dark when I saw the hummingbird moth...that always messes up the focus on my camera.

Chicken said...

I want to see one!!!