East Bethel

Photos by Keith Hammerbeck (White Lined Sphinx Moth)

 

I was tending my new garden near dusk when I noticed what I first thought was a hummingbird feeding on a row of phlox blossoms.  Moving closer, I realized that it was not a hummingbird, but a moth!  I watched, fascinated, as it hovered before the blossoms as it fed.  I had never seen such a creature.  I went into the house to get my wife.  We watched it for several minutes before I went back in to get my digital camera.  By the time I returned, there were two of them.  My research of this moth led me to this site; it also solved a mystery from earlier in the summer: What those large green catterpillars with the side markings were.