The strange moth returned today and I was right there waiting with the camera set to shutter priority at a shutter speed of 1/350th second.  That froze the motion of the wings quite nicely!  From what I see on the web, it looks like it's a clearwing hummingbird moth.  End of mystery! 🙂

Hummingbird Moth on Abelia

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2 Responses to Gotcha!

  1. Carol says:

    Hi, I found your picture at Garden Voices, just to let you know we have some of those moths here in Germany too. "Humming-bird Hawk-moth" or "Macroglossum stellatarum" is it's name! Look here if you like: In German language it's called "Taubenschwänzchen" . It looks almost like yours! Unfortunately we have no real humming birds here Great photo btw!

  2. ToyTrains1 says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Carol — much appreciated. 🙂 The Clearwing Hummingbird Moth pictured here is "Hemaris Thysbe", a related species.

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