White-lined Sphinx moth

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    Photographed at a Coral honeysuckle at dusk. Like many before me, I at first thought I was seeing a hummingbird, as this moth is large and hovers at flowers. It is in fact known as a hummingbird imposter.

    blu butterfly and KPBS added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ToucheA2 85 months ago | reply

      These are Sensational shots!! I am so envious. We were just speaking here, a couple of nights ago, of how we'd like to get a shot of a Sphinx this summer. Were you waiting for it,or catch it impromptu? Fascinating creatures, aren't they?

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      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    2. nikkorsnapper 85 months ago | reply

      Thank you. It was just a happy accident.

    3. jim_mcculloch 85 months ago | reply

      Nice photo. Cool moth, too.

    4. cdozo 84 months ago | reply

      Great shot.

    5. Ryan Brookes 83 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture!

      This image would be welcome in the Moth Gallery
      You are also very welcome to join the group and post your other moth photographs too.

    6. Ido Kron 76 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!

    7. hkmoths 74 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sphingidae of the World, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. Squito94 62 months ago | reply

      Just as a minor correction. The flower isn't Crossvine but Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).

    9. nikkorsnapper 62 months ago | reply

      Thank you, Squito94. I corrected the tags a few days ago, but missed the crossvine reference in the paragraph above.
      (Coral honeysuckle = trumpet honeysuckle.)

    10. KPBS 49 months ago | reply

      Hi, we are using this photo (with credit) for a KPBS story on local bugs.
      www.kpbs.org/news/these-days/
      Thanks for using creative commons!
      -KPBS

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