Monday, August 4, 2008

Alien Creature? No - it's a Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth on Verbena, originally uploaded by biffybeans.

This little alien, is a hummingbird moth. It hovers about and drinks from the flowers much like a real hummingbird. It looks quite alien - part bee, part lobster, part bird.

It's the first time I had ever really seen these before, and there were several of them drinking from these verbena flowers. They move quickly, like an actual hummingbird - so I shot about 200 pictures to end up with just 4 or 5 good ones.

Hummingbird Moth on Verbena

This next image shows one with slightly different colors, and a lobster like tail.

Hummingbird Moth on Verbena

Here it looks even more like a lobster.

Hummingbird Moth on Verbena

Another close up.

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