|© 2010 Donna L. Watkins - Clearwing Hummingbird Moth|
Human nature is also seen in wild nature. I love walking about and learning from the wild things that reside or visit our wildlife habitat. Sometimes, it is quite refreshing to begin to think an accusation about a particular bird or animal, only to hear the Holy Spirit telling me that I have some of that same negative quality that I need to pay some attention to also.
Most people are familiar with hummingbirds. Here in Virginia, we only get the Ruby-throated Hummingbird on a regular basis. Rufous and Allen's have been spotted in places, especially during migration.
But rather than the hummingbirds we know and love, I wanted to let you know about Hummingbird Moths. I recently took a video of a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on the deck and after sharing it with a few friends, most of them said they'd never seen such a thing or even heard of it.
|© 2011 Donna L. Watkins|
Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
The Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth is much smaller than a hummingbird and could be mistaken for a big bumblebee, especially with the coloring being the same in many ways.
These beautiful creatures come from the hornworm caterpillar. Yep, the same group of species the tomato hornworms are in. Adult stages of hornworms are known as sphinx, hawk, or “hummingbird” moths. So, if you see these big caterpillars with a "horn" at one end, leave them alone if you can.
|© 2010 Donna L. Watkins - Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar|
on Black Nightshade Plant on Deck
I love to wait and see what they are because I feel like they're a gift from God. Either to teach me about another invasive plant that we never want to have in our garden ... or to give me the delights of another species and whatever that plant will attract to our habitat.
The plant that came up turned out to be a Black Nightshade. The nightshade family includes vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, etc. This family of foods has had some research in relation to inflammation in arthritis.
It produces small black berries for the birds so it was a blessing to get it and it has come back this year. Although I have not seen a hornworm on the plant to date. Sure have been hoping and looking.
View variety of hummingbird moth photos that I've taken.
View recent hummingbird moth video on deck.
More information on Clearwing Hummingbird Moths.
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