Jun 072016
 

I saw my first “hummingbird” moths this weekend (three on June 4) nectaring at petunias. One was looking very tattered, but still able to fly and feed…
Gwen Forsyth, Lakefield

Note: The so-called hummingbird moths are in the Sphingidae family (sphinx moths). Some come to flowers at dusk, where they drink nectar in hummingbird-like fashion. Other species are strictly diurnal and only come to flowers during the day, usually on sunny afternoons. The species here is the Gallium Sphinx (Hyles gallii). Its host plants include bedstraw and woodruff. D.M.

Tattered Gallium Sphinx - June 4, 2016 - Gwen Forsyth

Tattered Gallium Sphinx – June 4, 2016 – Gwen Forsyth

Gallium Sphinx moth 2 - June 4, 2016 - Gwen Forsyth

Gallium Sphinx moth 2 – June 4, 2016 – Gwen Forsyth

Gallium Sphinx moth - June 4, 2016 - Gwen Forsyth

Gallium Sphinx moth – June 4, 2016 – Gwen Forsyth