From containers to window boxes, the smallest of growing spaces can offer valuable habitat for local wildlife, as well as pollinating insects. While most people are familiar with the various types of butterflies which flutter by on occasion, hummingbird moth visitors are truly an unusual delight.
What is a Hummingbird Moth?
‘Hummingbird moth’ is the common name frequently used to describe many members of the Hemarus genus. As would be implied, hummingbird moths are unique in their ability to hover near flowers as they drink nectar with a long proboscis. Various types of clearwing hummingbird moth insects, found among flower gardens, are no exception to this unique characteristic.
Much like actual hummingbirds, these insects emit an audible buzzing as their wings rapidly vibrate and help them to move about the garden. For this reason, many are often mistaken for bumble bees or carpenter bees. While hummingbird moths are not