Saturday, April 14, 2012

It’s a bee.. no it’s a hummingbird, no..it’s a moth that flies like a hummingbird and looks like a bee!

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Thursday, Dylan, Ariana and I went to Lakeland park so the children could ride their bikes and feed the resident geese. We were playing and looking at the plants when suddenly I saw the above insect. I thought to myself, my gosh, that is the longest bee I have ever seen. On closer inspection I realized I was seeing an insect I had only heard of and never seen in person, Hemaris diffinis, a Cloudberry Clearwing Moth, sometimes called a Bumble Bee Moth! Click this link if you would like to learn more about this fuzzy moth!

We had fun feeding the geese

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Herbal and Honey Hugs to all who visit Comfrey Cottages!

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14 comments:

lemonverbenalady said...

You have some pretty cool looking insects in Illinois! I have never seen one like that. We have the white sphinx moth that is sometimes called the hummingbird moth. I always learn something new with you, CC! xxoo Nancy

Anke said...

I learned something new from you - again. :-) I had no idea this moth even existed.

Rita M said...

What a beautiful Bumble Bee Moth :)
Never heard off. He has beautiful wings. Like Nancy and Anke says, you learned us something new.
Big hugs XXXX

Comfrey Cottages said...

they are suppose to be in your area also Nancy! xx thanks ladies for visiting! believe me, I had never seen one except in books before myself! xxxx isn't it gorgeous?!

lemonverbenalady said...

I guess I have to get outside a bit more! LOL! I'll be on the lookout! xxoo Nancy

Rowan said...

What a wonderful moth - not one I've heard of before.

Comfrey Cottages said...

:) Nancy! I hope you get to see one. Just cool as can be:) xxx
It is quite wonderful, Rowan xxx

Sarah Policastro said...

I met one of these interesting moths once upon a time. How wonderful!

James Norman said...

I have been seeing these where I work,while mowing, and wandered what they were. Thanks for the clarification. So I am not crazy, I would describe these to co-workers and they would look at me weird. They really love our butterfly bushes. (Southern Oklahoma)

Comfrey Cottages said...

Glad you have got to meet one before too Sarah :)
No you are not crazy James:) Show this to the guys at work:) That is so cool they love the butterfly bushes:) thanks for visiting

Anna said...

We see them all the time on campus. Never knew what they were called until I saw your page. We call them hummerbees

Comfrey Cottages said...

I like that name, Anna! Hummerbees!! lol!!

Anonymous said...

lol now i know what to call them we have them all over the yard they like the butterfly bushes we have
jimmy southern md

Anonymous said...

I have these too on my butterfly bushes.I too didn't know what they were .They are fun to watch..Im in Alabama