June 24, 2019
Spring Flower Visitor
- as seen by -Patrick David Moldowan @AlgonquinWRS@AlgonquinWRShttp://algonquinwrs.ca
“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.