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Such Tiny Little Hummingbirds


“What are those tiny little hummingbirds I see on my butterfly bush?” a Fragments reader wanted to know a few years back.

I knew right away what she was seeing, and I think every summer since I’ve tried to snag a few images from the clearwing moths that do their hummer impersonation at our shrubs just outside my window.

This one was caught in a flurry of flapping and feeding. They never cease to amaze me–how they coordinate complex hovering flight with a brain the size of the dot at the end of this sentence.

3 thoughts on “Such Tiny Little Hummingbirds”

  1. We were visiting friends in Rocky Mount a couple of years back and saw one of these impersonators in action. We were entranced, thinking that we were actually watching a baby hummingbird (having never actually seen a baby one, only the full grown variety). It took us almost half an hour of watching to finally determine it was a moth after all. Amazing critter.

  2. Been living in Tennessee for 3 years and have lots of hummingbirds. Thought I was seeing things when I spotted this critter. Great picture. Glad to know I’m not crazy.

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