Another Moth Visitor


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.


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.

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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