Hummingbird flight and beak like creature
June 9, 2010
No larger than, but approximately 2″ long with 2 distinct bumble-bee yellow colored stripes on lower back near tail (these show up as white in the photo’s). Beak approximately 3/4″ long. Appears to have 8 legs. Hovering over flower heads with beak in center of Red Valerian flower. Never landing. Rapid, hummingbird-like flight and wing speed.
Southwest corner of Mi. Town:Delton, Michigan
Dear Wit’s End,
The Nessus Sphinx, Amphion floridensis, that you have photographed is one of many diurnal moths in the family Sphingidae that are often confused for hummingbirds. You can read more about the Nessus Sphinx on BugGuide.