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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hawk Moths

When the hawk moths show up... Very excitin'!
These babies are huge!

Hawk moth visiting the 4 o'clock flwrs.

They enjoy the cleome as well.

The above sphinx moths are the Manduca Sexta, AKA the dreaded tomato hornworm...

 I found a tiny hornworm this morning...

Not sure who this smaller moth is...

Want to observe the show in your own yard?
These moths start diving into the flowers at dusk... Just about the time "jeopardy" comes on the tv...

I've observed them also visiting the datura blooms and the crinum... matter of fact, I saw one actually pulling the petals open on one of my crinums!

Seems like they'd be into the brugmansias also... unfortunately... I keep forgetting to check...

 They go all the way down in there!



Anonymous Randy Hyden said...

Gorgeous , outstanding photos ! Thanks ! I occasionally get hummingbird moths , but have never seen one of these guys.

August 12, 2014 at 6:16 PM  

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