Hummingbird Moth at Brookside Gardens

One morning before my shift at Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy last month, I finally managed to photograph the hummingbird moth (this one might be a Hemaris thysbe) that was frequenting the path toward the exhibits ticket taker station. They are difficult to photograph because they are always in motion. Most of the time the wings are just a blur. The wings can be moving differently enough that one is visible….and the other not!

I try to get different angles. The first time I ever saw a hummingbird moth (and had no idea what it was), I knew it wasn’t a hummingbird when I saw that it had antennae.

It moves around flowers a lot like a hummingbird but has a flexible proboscis rather than a beak and tongue.

And it has way too many legs to be a bird!