a Hummingbird moth?? on O’ahu
I photographed this moth on my lanai yesterday and would like some help to identify it. Thanks
Sadly, your moth was moving too quickly for us to be able to give you more than a general identification. It is a Sphinx Moth or Hummingbird Moth of some species. There is a great site that might help you identify your Hawaiian Sphinx. Sphinx Moths enjoy a worldwide distribution.
Ed. Note: August 5, 2012
We are trying to clean up some unidentified postings and we now believe this is a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, Macroglossum pyrrhosticta. It is listed as a species found in Hawaii on the Sphingidae of the Americas website, and Dave’s Garden has a nice action photo showing similar coloration and abdominal markings.