Hummingbird moths feast on ‘long-necks,’ delight gardeners
Their buzzing sound, tiny bodies and head first dip into flowers’ nectar leads many amateur gardeners to mistake a hummingbird moth for its namesake.
Plump, with a tail that fans out and rapidly beating wings, they are captivating critters who seek out long-necked flowers, like the ones in the photo above.
Their long tongues allow them access to flowers some other winged visitors cannot reach, federal Forest Service releases note.
The day-flying moths are common in North America, often most active in summer when they seek out phlox, beebalm, honeysuckle or verbena, according to the Department of Agriculture website.
Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MaryPickels.
Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, email@example.com or via Twitter .