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!