Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuscan Hummingbird Moth

While we were sipping Chianti Classico inside the Vescine Winery, this little fellow was sipping nectar outside. To my taste, all of these photos are worth clicking. I think my Nikon D60 artillery piece did a fabulous job capturing this guy.


Kelly the little black dog said...

I saw cousin of this guy about a month ago in our front yard. Strangest sound I'd ever heard. Thought it was an actual humming bird at first, but it's body is definitely not bird like.

tim eisele said...

A very nice moth! In one of our bird books (I think it is the Audubon Field Guide to North American Birds), they include these moths in the "hummingbird" section as a "frequently confused species". I think it's amusing that both moths and birds have moved into the same niche, and converged on the same body plan, but while the bird is the *smallest* bird, the moth is one of the *biggest* moths.

K T Cat said...

Thanks, Tim! Seeing this dude was a real treat.