Diurnal Moth in Evening Light

The Common Clearwing or Hummingbird Moth is very active now, searching the summer bloom for nectar. Monarda and Phlox are garden favorites, but I also see them in natural areas on a wide variety of species, including Knapweed and Joe-Pye-Weed.

Clearwing on Phlox

Clearwing on Phlox

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

9 thoughts on “Diurnal Moth in Evening Light

    • Thanks Alison! I haven’t had time to do much with the camera so I’m shooting around the house in between chores. My batting average with these moths is dreadful, but every now and then even a blind squirrel finds an acorn. 🙂 We have an invasive shrub here – I call it Eurasian Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp) – which happens to be a preferred food of the Clearwing caterpillar.

  1. The first time one of these buzzed me, I thought it was a hummingbird, but it didn’t seem quite right and it was dark. It spooked the heck out of me. 🙂

  2. Great shots! I once spent nearly an entire summer chasing the clearwings on my lunch break, camera in hand. None of my photos came out as well as yours. These moths are indeed a challenge, but so much fun. 🙂

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