Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hummingbird moth

When my co-teacher told me about this, I almost didn't believe.  Maybe there was something lost in translation, I thought.
"There is a moth that looks like a hummingbird." she said excitedly.  She loves anything about animals.  We share  this love of animals.
"Really?" I said incredulously.

So I looked it up on the internet...and low and behold, she knew what she was talking about.
They are medium to large moths witch mimic hummingbird behavior.  They fly about, wings beating quickly, sipping nectar from the vibrant flowers of gardens nearly as elegantly as the birds they mimic. But they are not birds. Not at all.  They are in fact MOTHS!

I had the pleasure of seeing one the other day.  Had I not been aware of its existence previously, I might have mistaken it for a hummingbird, but upon closer inspection, I saw that it was indeed a moth.  The same moth I had gawked at on the internet was flying around me. It was exhilarating being near such a strange creature.  Had I had my camera I would have caught footage, but alas, I was without.  So you will have to do with others photos.  I am astounded by nature everyday.  Its just so amazing.

heres the video (I didn't take it)

1 comment:

mrphd said...

Kay and I saw one of these at Rachelle's house in October. (Doug's fiance, lives in Crawford outside Waco.)

Very freaky. Looked just like a hummingbird.... except mothy.