Sunday, October 07, 2012

Hummingbird Moth On Plumeria

This little creature was caught up in one of our skylights and we had to wait for it to exhaust itself before we could catch and release it back into the wild. The poor thing was so tired that it relaxed in my hand and let me perch it on one of our plumeria. I figured the flower might give it some much-needed nutrition, but it also provided a wonderful backdrop for some macro photos.

I left these large and I think they're worth a click. Enjoy!


Jedi Master Ivyan said...

Your plumeria looks lovely. Are they hard to grow?

K T Cat said...

In Hawaii, they grow into trees. In San Diego, they do pretty well. They really need a warm, tropical climate.

Jedi Master Ivyan said...

Thanks! I'd like to try growing them someday, but they wouldn't like the climate here.

Tim Eisele said...

Excellent pictures, of both the moth and the flower!

The moth looks like a White-Lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata. Hey, it looks at least vaguely possible that I might find them up here sometime!

Luckily, it looks like their caterpillars aren't going to eat too many things in your garden (unless you raise roses).

K T Cat said...

Thanks, Tim! I was in a rush and didn't have time to properly identify it.