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This marvelous large moth (Hemaris thysbe) has been on my anise hyssop for the past couple of weeks. It looks for all the world like a tiny fairy-like hummingbird:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrrng_k9Jc0

It moves pretty fast, so it wasn't exactly easy to keep it in the camera's field...sorry. The end of the video has the best shots of it. :rolleyes:
It amazes me how quickly it gets the nectar from each flower- it's tongue must be lightning fast!
 

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We've had several on both our clemone (spider flower) and honeysuckle.
They are fascinating. Very pretty up close. Wonder if anyone knows what the larva looks like?
Dave
 

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I believe it is the only moth active during daytime. A excellent example of cryptic coloration. (mimics bumblebees):)

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Their caterpillars completely stripped two of my honeysuckles of leaves. I saw females laying eggs and the caterpillars nine spots make them unmistakable.
 
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