Subject: What is this flying bug?
Location: Rodeo Beach, Marin Co, CA
November 15, 2014 8:47 pm
Hi – attached are photos, one with and one without flash, of a flying thing that from a distance I first thought was a type of hummingbird because it was so big. Can you tell me what it is? Thank you
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Moth, Hyles lineata, a crepuscular species that is most commonly sighted near dawn and dusk. Because of its large size and its manner of flight, it is easily confused with a hummingbird. We are thrilled that you have offered us two images, one that freezes the movement of the flight of this Whitelined Sphinx, and another with a slower shutter speed that effectively illustrates the rapidly beating wings.
thank you for ID’ing this for me! And. I’m glad you like the photos.