The other evening I caught a glimpse of a sphinx moth darting from petunia to petunia in the patio garden.
John grabbed his camera and captured this wonderful shot of a white-lined sphinx moth enjoying some of the Wave petunias Ball Horticultural Company sent me earlier this season to trial in my garden.
The white-lined sphinx moth is common to the Western part of the US. It’s a large moth that resembles a hummingbird during flight or while hovering above flowers in the garden. The moth’s wings beat so quickly it’s hard to tell what they really look like while they’re moving.
But this image shows the colorful pink, brown, and white patterns on its wings as it enjoys a midnight snack.
Even though sphinx moths are usually seen at night, you can sometimes catch a glimpse of them during the daylight hours. To see one in action like this was certainly a rare treat.