It’s a bird, it’s a moth, it’s a bee, no…it’s a Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth! That’s right. It’s a moth that can fly like a hummingbird! This moth can actually hover and drink nectar from flowers. It looks like a cross between a bee and a moth and flies like a bird. How cool is that?
I found one near my home and it was kind enough to let me get close and take some photos.
It is part of the Sphingidae family. Other common names in this family are hawk moths, sphinx moths, and horn worms.
My wife purchased a package of various spring flower bulbs and seeds. We had an idea of what we were getting, but the package included a variety of flower types. The surprise is what colors you were going to get. Very nice to brighten the yard so early in spring.
Another not so surprising part of getting flowers is the variety of bees, wasps and flies that are attracted to the bright colors and sweet smells they produce. Here is just one of our new friends.
Carpenter bees may live in wood but they don’t eat wood. They do help pollinate flowers and use the pollen to make bee bread to feed the larvae, which by the way, live in your wood decks!