But while we were outside one day this week, we saw what we thought was a baby hummingbird whiz by. The boys yelled for me to grab my camera. And as we approached it as it hovered by our purple verbena, we found it was not a hummingbird at all.
One of the boys noticed its proboscis and declared it a butterfly, but when we looked it up we were all wrong.
It is a snowberry clearwing hummingbird moth.
And no wonder someone named it that. Although with its black and yellow stripes it resembles a large bee, this moth has the same distinctive "hover" that most hummingbirds do.
The hummingbird moth is in the same family as sphinx moths.
This post from Birds-n-garden shows some great photos of the entire life cycle of the Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. And now we are on the search for these great moth eggs and an opportunity to raise them.
Here is a little video we found on youtube if you would like to see these amazing little moths in action.
If you would like to attract these little creatures to your garden, their host plants include h