A Thomist learns to party on.
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.
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.
Thanks, Tim! Seeing this dude was a real treat.
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