White-lined sphinx moths

These moths (Hyles lineata) are the size of a hummingbird and fly like one, hovering to drink nectar from flowers. It turns out they love the pale trumpets that bloom all over White Rock in August, making them easy to find. Getting sharp photos still isn't easy -- by the time the camera has found something to focus on, the moth has usually moved on. These were shot at twilight, with flash.

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