First Hummer of the Summer

Okay…so it’s technically not summer yet…but for the sake of a rhyming title, I am taking the liberty of welcoming the season a few days early.

And I did indeed get a picture of my first hummer of the summer today, only it wasn’t a Hummingbird…

…it was a Hummingbird Moth!

The first time I ever saw one of these interesting insects I had no idea what it was.  It seemed to me a cross between a Hummingbird and a Bumble Bee, so I turned to the wisdom of Google and discovered its true identity.

Being a moth, it has 6 legs, 4 wings, a pair of antennae, a straw-like proboscis, and a fuzzy body…but it hovers and flies like a Hummingbird.

How about a view from each angle?  Here’s the front view…

…here’s the rear view…

…and here’s a view from the side.

He spent quite awhile gathering nectar at the Butterfly Bush this afternoon.

He would sip and slurp and then curl up his tongue and flit to the next flower.

I find these cool creatures fascinating to watch…especially now that I know they don’t have a stinger!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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22 Responses to First Hummer of the Summer

  1. I especially love the last photo with the tongue-scroll, LOL !!!

  2. These are wonderful Kathy! We’ve seen a few over the years, always a treat.

  3. Jodi says:

    Wowza! That last photo with the curly tongue is amazing!

  4. Ellen says:

    Two days ago I would have said that I had never seen a Hummingbird Moth. On Wednesday, Benjamin and I were taking my daughter’s dog for the morning constitutional and walked past some blooming Rhododendron shrubs. Benjamin spotted it first and thought it was a “teeny baby bird” as it darted in and around the flowers. We could faintly hear the sounds of it’s wings and I noticed that it had several legs. I realized that it was a Hummingbird Moth, only because I had read about them and saw photos several weeks ago. We stood and watched the tiny creature move flower to flower and opening the proboscis into each one. We stayed silent and still, it seemed oblivious of us, until off it flew. An amazing event for both of us! Benjamin will enjoy your photos immensely, as our delightful visit with one was short and sweet. Thank-you x 2!!

  5. lindasschaub says:

    How amazing – I never knew these existed Kathy. I like those transparent wings – how unique!

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow! I so love looking at all your photos from different angles! Amazing shots, Kathy! 😃 I am surprised how hairy they are…. I hope to plant a Butterfly bush this summer if I can find one. 💜

  7. de Wets Wild says:

    You should’ve been a poet, Kathy – I love the alliteration in your title and it fits so beautifully with the moth’s movement!!!

  8. Pete Hillman says:

    These are wonderful shots of this amazing moth, Kathy! We usually have the Hummingbird Hawkmoth visit here, but I haven’t seen it in the last few years. Mind you they can be quite fleeting visitors 🙂 Yours looks very much like our Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth (Hemaris fuciformis).

  9. Mags says:

    Oh, my goodness what great photos. I have never seen a hummingbird moth live. That last capture with the tongue out is amazing. I so enjoyed these photos thank you so much for sharing them.

  10. One stopped by our yard and surprised me last summer! They are really fascinating to watch. Love your pix.

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