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Spring Flower Visitor

June 24, 2019

Spring Flower Visitor

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Patrick David Moldowan Patrick David Moldowan

“A moth? No, not during the day! You must have it mistaken for a butterfly, no? Really? Come to think of it, it kind of looks like a hummingbird”.

This was the reaction of a surprised bespectacled onlooker as I crouched to snap this hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe) feeding on Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium sp.).

Moths are fascinatingly diverse in size, shape, color, pattern, and habits — far from the seemingly humdrum that some have come to expect dancing around their porch lights. While most species of moth are night-active (nocturnal), many also fly under low light conditions at dawn or dusk (crepuscular) and even in full daylight (diurnal).

With over 100,000 species worldwide, I am confident that you can find a moth that will pique your interest. With warm nights, the time is now to go outdoors and become acquainted with moths in your area.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of the top submission for Wild View’s Celebrate Spring assignment.

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