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I'm Not a Hummingbird

 

September 4, 2019

Doug Harling

A White-lined Sphinx moth getting nectar from a honeysuckle.

Have you mistaken me for a hummingbird? Don't feel alone. Many people have mistaken these Hawk moths as hummingbirds. Habitat, flight patterns and overall look have these moths often mistaken for a hummingbird.

These are actually "White-lined Sphinx Moths" and are very common to our area. There are over 1,400 species of this type of Hawk moth. The White-lined Sphinx Moth has a dark olive brown underside color with narrow tan bands running from the wing tip to the base and a reddish pink band on the upper side. With very rapidly-beating wings, a furry body and overall size, these beautifu...



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