Sphingidae — Sphinx Moth

A Sphingidae — Spinx Moth, AKA Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, was fluttering around feeding on our Purple Salvia with the bees and the butterflies. I made a short video of it and added one of our recordings of Caña for background music (I’m playing and Laurie’s dancing). The only sound on the original video was the wind.



44 thoughts on “Sphingidae — Sphinx Moth

      • Oh. Sorry to hear that. Not easy when body parts fail us. My foot did today and I don’t know that I’ll be able to keep up my regimen. Was going so well too.

  1. I enjoyed the video especially with the guitar and dancing in background. These moths are fascinating (and then I start thinking about the tomato worms…) 🙂

    • Thanks, Susan. Tomato hornworms might be considered a bad side effect of the beautiful Sphinx Moths, but most worms that turn into magnificent butterflies are considered pests.

  2. I thought most moths only came out at night…

    … Yeah, for someone who loves butterflies and Poets of the Fall, I really don’t know anything about moths.

  3. In a way, it looks quite similar to the hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) appearing in our garden each summer, so I can easily imagine how difficult it was, to get these beautiful images and video.

    • Thanks, Puzzleblume. It was invovled so it wasn’t very difficult to get the video and photos. Probably the only real difference between them is the continents we are on.

  4. Timothy, the video is magnificent. Seriously you left me speechless. I have no words to describe the beauty and the professionalism of the video clip. The photographs are gorgeous too. Timothy, you are blessed with so many talents. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing.

    • You are welcome, Gabriela. I appreciate your generous praise. And I’m really happy you enjoyed the video. The Spinx Moth was very cooperative and he was really enjoying himself. He made it easy to do a video.

  5. Breathtaking presentation Timothy. This gorgeous creature in perfect rhythm with the lovely Sound of the Flamenco . You are truly gifted and Laurie is superb too.

  6. Moths freak me out!
    You make it all look so lovely in the video. You picked the perfect music for it.
    …still eeesch!
    I’m not sure why moths freak me out? I’ll have to look inside on that one. I want to like moths.

    • Hi Resa. The normal run of the mill pesky moths that we have thousands of right now are extremely annoying. I can understand why they would freak you out the way the flitter about unpredictably. Sphinx Moths are much more like hummingbirds, so while more freaky as moths go, not as freaky as the common, pesky, annoying moths.

    • Thank you so much, Marina. I’m really happy I could put insects in a good light for you. Insects can be likable. Sphinx moths are adorable. They have a lot of character they way they flip about feeding on flowers like hummingbirds.

      • Only insect I’m ‘friends’ with is bees. For some reason we seem to have a mutual understanding! The rest… I try to keep off their path! 🤣😉 But I can see how they can be likable… especially outside the house!

  7. Wow, I love this beautiful guitar and the sounds of your honey dancing in the background. Beautiful! This are such gorgeous insects, we have the humming bird moths in NC also. This is a lovely video and your pictures are splendid. I just love the flamenco guitar sounds! Hugs J

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