The first time I saw something like this was in Chicago.  It floated about like a humming bird but looked more like a moth. 

We get all sorts of critters out here but these guys are my favorites.  It’s so cute!

I can tell you one thing; it was very hard to get a good shot.  Thank goodness for the digital point-and-shoot with a big memory card.

So far, we’ve had a pretty good three-day weekend.  We did all sorts of work around the house on Saturday, Homer and Jeffery came down to visit Sunday (the sun stayed out just long enough for some pool time).  Today…well, who knows what to do today?  The sun is out full blast!  Maybe we’ll get some more pool time. 

I don’t think I’m ready for winter.  Winter here in the high desert can be…well…winter-like.  It snows and can get down close to zero at night.  The mesquite trees are deciduous so they get bare and all the grasses die back.  It can get pretty dreary.  The one redeeming factor is that, I guess because of where we are in the time zone and our geographic location, the sky is still a teensy bit light when we get out of work during the short days.  In Chicago it would be nighttime by four-thirty. 

The last time we filled the propane tank, it costs an extra $400.  Yes, that’s a lot of money.  We have a fireplace with a heatilator fan in it.  This year, we are going to take advantage of the fact that we have mesquite trees all over our property.  It seems every third or fourth tree has a big dry dead branch on it.  We just cut it out and chop into firewood.  Got a wood pile round back.  The bunnies like to live under it.

4 Thoughts on “I Think It’s A Hummingmoth–No Really!

  1. Cobban, the blogger Gossamer Tapestry on my links can tell you what species that moth is.

  2. The moth that you have is a white-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata). They are abundant in the desert out by you. I’m really impressed that you were able to get such clear photos of it in flight. Nice!

  3. P.S. The one that you saw in Chicago is probably a different species from the same family- the hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe).

  4. Thanks Homer. (DougT is the gentleman from Gossamer Tapestry). I knew Doug would be able to identify the moth.

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