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What's that? A tiny hummingbird?
Hummingbird Moths are a first time surprising sight in your garden as they hum and hover over the flowers in the sunshine. Their host plant is the honeysuckle where you might find the *"yellowish/green w/green lines, reddish-brown spotted and yellow tail horned" caterpillar munching on the leaves. As a winged adult they nectar on the same flowers as the hummingbird and are particularly fond of the tiny butterfly bush blossoms.
The wings start out plum-red to brownish black, but the scales drop off soon after they start to fly. This gives them their clear winged look and why they are also known as Clearwing Moths. *ref: National Audubon ...Guide to N.A. Insects & Spiders
I hope you enjoying seeing these tiny visitors and welcome them to your garden too!