Hummingbird Moth

My neighbor has been telling me about this Hummingbird Moth that has been visiting her Verbena every night around dusk.  I did not even know there was such a thing!!   So I grabbed my camera and off I went…

It was truly about the size of a hummingbird, and it flies and hovers just like a hummingbird!  The little biologist inside me needed more information about this elusive creature!  So I scoured the internet and my Florida’s Fabulous Butterflies book…but nothing seem to fit the identification perfectly.

I found a couple resources for future use in identifying moths.  The first is the Moth Photographers Group at Mississippi State.  The second website,, provided me with the help I needed!  You can sign up, upload your photo, and they will be happy to help you identify your creature!  They were very quick with responding too! 🙂

Turns out our hummingbird moth, is part of Sphingidae Family (Sphinx Moth), most likely called Enyo Lugubris or more commonly, Mournful Sphinx.  There are more than 1200 different species in this one family of moths alone!

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  1. #1 by Shannan Rossow on May 11, 2011 - 11:16 am

    Awesome pics Julie! We’ve seen those over here on occasion, as well. ; )

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