Work on the tunnel this Spring destroyed the MRG pollinator garden on the Goss Logan hillside. Only the hardiest of perennials survived. Red bee balm was one of the survivors . . . and it attracted this tiny hummingbird moth. These Dr. Seuss-like creatures have hummingbird energy, hovering and darting about. The proboscis and antennae are like those of butterflies. The furriness and striping are like bumble bees. The tail is like that of a lobster.
The caterpillar stage of the hummingbird moth looks much like a tomato hornworm. Hard to believe that this creature that looks so much like a hummingbird could emerge from such a caterpillar!
Hummingbird Moth Caterpillar Stage
Rain refreshed the various pollinator gardens along the MRG today – there were pollinators aplenty!
Silver Spotted Skipper on Echinacea
Tiny bees on Black-eyed Susan
Bee on Bee Balm
Silver Spotted Skipper on Liatris
Sweat bee on Echinacea
It was exciting to spot a hummingbird moth in the MRG parking lot pollinator garden (west of the overpass near Alice Peck Day Hospital.)
The first sighting of a hummingbird moth can be very confusing; Is it a bird? A big bee? A butterfly? A moth? It buzzes, hovers, and flies from flower to flower like a hummingbird . Instead of a beak like a hummingbird, it has a long tongue-like proboscis that can reach the nectar deep inside flowers. The antennae, colors, and furryness make it look like a bumble bee . . . and the tail is like that of a lobster. It looks like a creature designed by Dr. Seuss! This one lingered longest on the liatris, which seems to be a favored perennial of many pollinators..