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September 8, 2012 / Rae Spencer

More Hovering Moths

At sunset, sphinx moths arrive for another feeding in the ginger lilies. They drain the flowers’ day-long accumulation of nectar, then move on. Around midnight, they return for the nectar that has been produced since nightfall.

I’ve seen a few different species of these hovering moths in the yard. The moth in the following photos is either a Carolina sphinx or a Five-spotted hawkmoth, but I can’t decide which. Any ideas? (Maybe it’s neither?)

The moth in this video is a Pink-spotted hawkmoth.

One Comment

  1. jeaniemac100 / Sep 8 2012 8:23 PM

    Rae, you have made your yard a whole wide world for some of us. Thank you so much.
    Jean

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