Hummingbird Moth

While wandering through Kiera’s Forest looking for deer tracks near the Guelph Lake Nature Centre, we came upon these lovely creatures drinking nectar from the bee balm:

Hummingbird Moth, (August, 2014)

Hummingbird Moth, (August, 2014)

According to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Hummingbird clearwing moths fly and feed during the daytime. The adults feed from flower nectar by hovering in front of the flower the way a hummingbird does, rather than like a bee, which lands on the flower itself. The clearwing hummingbird caterpillar is yellowish-green all over with red-brown spots on its abdomen, dark green lines on its back and a horn on its tail. Caterpillars feed on the leaves of honeysuckle, viburnum, hawthorn, snowberry, cherries and plums. When the caterpillars are ready, they burrow into the leaf litter to make a cocoon.  They emerge as moths soon afterwards or they may wait until the following spring. Adult moths drink nectar from a wide variety of flowering plants including beebalm and bergamot, red clover, lilac, cranberry, blueberry, vetch and thistles.  Predators include birds like the Great Crested Flycatcher, mantids, spiders and bats.

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