Another Moth Visitor

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The Year of the Moth continues in the Automatic Garden.  This interesting little guy or gal is not a baby hummingbird as many mistake it for, but a Mournful Sphinx Moth (Enyo lugbris).  It hovers over the same flowers that hummingbirds like, but has a long proboscis instead of a beak to feed with.

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The wonderful people at the Houston Museum of Natural Science helped again to identify this moth.  It was a little tricky and they reached out to two other specialists to get the identification correct.

These photos are actually the best I could get.  I followed the Mournful Moth around for quite awhile and took about 30 shots.

I have added this moth to my post All Together that shows off all the moth visitors in the Automatic Garden.

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11 Comments on “Another Moth Visitor”

  1. The Moth Queen strikes again. I had a Sphinx Moth on my screen porch and thought about you.

  2. Ann Coleman says:

    You managed to take some wonderful photos of them!

  3. Chloris says:

    Intetesting moth and what is the gorgeous flower?

  4. Tina says:

    Good shots–they’re hard to catch, those rapid fliers. I haven’t seen many this year, though when I’m out in the garden at night, I know they’re around.


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