Hummingbird moths (Hemaris thysbe) are both beautiful and bird-like, but despite all appearances to the contrary, they are #bugs. These unusual moths are about 1.5 inches long, and they can be found in gardens and nectar-bearing bushes from central and eastern Ameri-anada, all the way up to Alaska!
The reason these little guys are so easily mistaken is because they don’t act like #moths at all. For starters, they fly around in the middle of the day – instead of towards your porch light after dark. They also hover over flower blossoms and drink #nectar out of a long, butterfly-like #proboscis (think of it as a drinking straw). Their wings beat so quickly that they make a #buzzing sound, much like a hummingbird. And they are especially attracted to #honeysuckle , #lilac , #cranberrybushes , #beebalm , and #thistles .