Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hummingbird Moth and Order Lepidoptera

Hummingbird Moth from 9/18/2016 - Notice the long tongue!
The Four O'Clock flowers only bloom from dusk until dawn. They derive their nickname from the approximate daily bloom time of 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. The cooler weather over the weekend had me keeping a sharp eye for fall songbird migration, and that's when I noticed about four hummingbird moths tending the flowers for nectar right when they were opening very late in the afternoon. The hummingbird moths are very busy and constantly moving so I had difficulty getting a clear photo image, and that's when I tried a slo-mo video using my iPhone, and captured a neat video to share.

To view past blog entries about encounters with the natural world click on American Oystercatcher Bats - Snakes - Honey Bees - Wood Storks
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