Butterfly, Hummingbird? I can't figure it out.

IMG_7735, originally uploaded by beckeyz.

I went back out to the Sunken Gardens today to do some senior portraits for a friend. While I was waiting, I was taking some close-up flower shots when I saw this "thing" flying around these flowers. It was probably only about 2 inches long and I couldn't figure out what it was. At first, I thought it was a butterfly, but then I looked closer and I thought perhaps a hummingbird.

Well, now that I can kinda see it closer, I don't think it's a hummingbird, but I have no idea what it is. It certainly isn't like any butterfly I've ever seen.


Aunt Tea March 22, 2009 at 12:20 AM  

because i saw someone post a photo somewhere of one of these this week...i believe it's a hummingbird moth.

BeckeyZ March 22, 2009 at 8:55 AM  

COOL! I thought it looked kinda "mothish" because of the big body.

Di March 23, 2009 at 3:36 PM  

Ewwww, I'd hate to see a moth as big as a hummingbird!!!

katdish March 23, 2009 at 5:37 PM  

I think it's a locust eating a butterfly...

Jen March 23, 2009 at 8:54 PM  

cool shot! My first thought was Moth the way body part looked.

lofolulu @>~'~'~ April 5, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

Great pic! Yes, leave it to me to have an identical specimen mounted in our insect collection. 8) A white lined sphinx moth which is a type of hummingbird moth. http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/images?l=3477 & http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=3477 They are cool to watch because their stripes and colors are quite striking.

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