I don’t know how rare or common these Hummingbird Clearwing moths are in this area, but I’d never seen or heard of one before. It visited my Monardas at about 5 p.m. on August 12. It was pretty amazing to watch a moth fly and hover like a hummingbird. For a while, I was so confused about what I was seeing that I almost convinced myself it was a fairy!
Kathryn Sheridan, Euclid Avenue, Peterborough

Note: Hummingbird Clearwings show up every summer in small numbers in the Kawarthas.

Hummingbird Clearwing moth - Kathryn Sheridan

Hummingbird Clearwing moth – Kathryn Sheridan


Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.