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:
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.