Is this a Hummingbird moth?

svejkovatSeptember 15, 2012

Apparently a tomato caterpillar moth. But is it a hummingbird variety?

Here is a link that might be useful:

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Aw, poor bedraggled thing! That tomato hornworm moth has seen better days.

The tomato hormworm moth belongs to an interesting family of Lepidopterans called Sphingidae...we call them Sphinx Moths or, sometimes, Hawk Moths. The caterpillars are all horn worms one of kind or another. Though it would not be incorrect to call ALL sphinx moths hummingbird moths, I don't do so.

Some of the Sphinx moths have clear segments in their wings...and are called the clearwing moths. THOSE are the true hummingbird moths and are very commonly mistaken for those little birds.

So! All hornworms eventually turn into a Sphinx moth. You can call them hummingbird moths if you want to, but when you see one of the true hummingbird moths in person, you'll see what I mean.

Here is a link that might be useful: Some hummingbird moth images

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 3:01PM
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michiganpete

No, that is not a hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe). Hummingbird moths feed during the daylight like hummingbirds and are often mistaken for hummingbirds. Here is a link to some photos of the moth mentioned above:
http://westmichiganfloraandfauna.cadethelper.info/hummingbirdmoth.htm

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 2:38AM
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