The white-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) is a moth the size
of a hummingbird, and it behaves like a hummingbird, too. It flies
during the day, hovering from flower to flower to suck nectar,
being far too heavy to land on flowers like butterflies do.
I've seen them before, on hikes, but only gotten blurry shots with my pocket camera. But with the pale trumpets blooming, the sphinx moths come right at sunset and feed until near dark. That gives a good excuse to play with the DSLR, telephoto lens and flash ... and I still haven't gotten a really sharp photo, but I'm making progress.
Check out that huge eye! I guess you need good vision in order to make your living poking a long wiggly proboscis into long skinny flowers while laboriously hovering in midair.
sphinx moths on pale trumpets.
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