clearwing hummingbird moth

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Clearwing Hummingbird Moth: I was so excited to see a hummingbird moth flying around the yard today. I tracked him from the butterfly bush in one garden to the phlox in another. My favorite feature of this moth is its lobster-like tail! (Click on a photo for a larger view.)

anonymous asked:

porp what are your favorite birds or bugs or other critters if you ever feel like sharing this information with your loyal slime fans?

Wow a very good question!

Bugs are my favorite! I like aphids, bees, tarantulas, moths, wasps, stag beetles, snails, mantises, and ants. Wasps are probably the most “fuckable” bug. I like carnivorous Eupithecia caterpillars (the ones that mimic twigs but with horrific alien mono-claws) and snowberry clearwings (hummingbird moths).

Plants are my second favorite. Algae, moss, lichen, kudzu…clinging creeping plants that swallow landscapes. Carnivorous plants are also good!

Amphibians and squishy water things are my third favorite. I like lampreys, leeches, jellyfish, anemones, gators. I appreciate stupid looking fish for getting out there and doing their best.

My favorite birds are bats and hummingbirds.

Parasites are very good too!

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Hummingbird Moth by Barb Hennessy

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You’re probably wondering why I had to take so many pictures of this clearwing hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe) that visited my monarda this morning. I’ve never seen one here before so it was pretty exciting!

Me: [sits you down]

Me: Look. Listen. I have something to tell you. I really, REALLY love moths. I really love them. I mean, have you ever seen a clearwing moth or a hummingbird moth? Did you know that larger moths don’t even have mouth parts, and don’t eat because their lives are so delicate, brief, and poignant? Some moths even mimic wasps. How clever is that? Moths are so good and pure… hey, pal, thanks for listening. I really appreciate it. I just needed to get that off my chest.

Happy New Year! Here’s a wild firework show for you: a bee balm flower with a hummingbird clearwing moth (Hemaris thysbe). These insects and their relatives shatter a lot of myths about moths, because they:

  • fly during the day
  • hover at flowers
  • have transparent wings
  • pretend to be bees or hummingbirds
  • enjoy upbeat pop tunes, and only listen to darkwave when it’s rainy and the mood is right