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Hummingbird Moths

The term "hummingbird moth" is a general term applied to many medium to large moths in the Sphingidae family and Hemaris genus.

There are several types of Hummingbird Moths, such as the common Snowberry Clearwing Moth and the White-lined Sphinx Moth. Others include the Sphinx Moth, Hawk Moth, Titan Sphinx (Aellopos titan), and perhaps over 100 more.

It feeds through a proboscis, a long, straw-like tube kept curled under the head when not in use. They can be beneficial through pollination of many species of plants. While most moths are active at night, the Hummingbird Moth is also active during the day.

The Snowberry Clearwing Moth is often mistaken for a bumblebee due to its color and flight patterns. Its abdomen of yellow and black segments also appear similar to a bumblebee.

Although the caterpillars feed on leaves of various plants, most are innocuous, attracting little attention and causing little, if any, injury to garden plants.  Tomato and tobacco hornworms, which feed on tomatoes and a few related plants, are an exception, being true garden pests. The Tersa Sphinx caterpillar is often found decimating Pentas in the home landscape.

White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth (Hyles lineata)

Read more about the White-lined Sphinx Moth

White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris diffinis)

Read more about the Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Snowberry Clearwing Moth nectaring on Lantana

Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis)

Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis)

 

 

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