Saturday, April 19, 2008

An Uncommon Occurence

Last weekend the coast was unusually warm - upwards of 80 degrees. That must have triggered unseen forces in the insect world, as Sunday evening, the garden had countless huge, unfamiliar insects darting from flower to flower and hovering over them. They're White Lined Sphinx Moths, also known as hummingbird moths, who naturally range throughout the North American deserts. They have a wing span of up to 8 inches, and they not only fly in the manner of hummingbirds, but eat nectar in the same way, as well. This must have been a stopping point on their migration path, because by the next morning, they had moved on.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I live in San Diego county and saw those, too. Very strange, had never seen them before.