Watch this video in full-screen, 720p mode. The Hummingbird Moth is difficult to see at first, but it comes closer during the second minute of the clip.
The first time I saw one of these, my mind briefly went into a strange Twilight Zone mode because I couldn’t place the creature in either the insect or the hummingbird category. It seemed otherworldly.
This hummingbird moth flies during the day, feeding on nectar from a wide variety of flowers — in this case the lavender blossoms in our backyard raised bed.
It began life as a type of hornworm caterpillar that looks fairly similar to a Tobacco Hornworm, but which feeds on Honeysuckle, snowberry, hawthorns, cherries and plums rather than tobacco and tomatoes.