I was specifically looking for insects in my garden in the midafternoon of late July, and thought this was a hummingbird at first. I figured out I was probably wrong when upon closer inspection I saw it feeding on some tall phlox in my garden with mouthparts that resembled that of a butterfly. This was a very confident and hungry insect. It seemed determined to not be bothered by the photo shoot that ensued while it gobbled up as much nectar as it could.
I consulted some of my field guides and was excited to discover that I had my first hummingbird moth sighting – a fitting name.
I’m dying for someone else to leave me a comment to let me know that they’ve had the pleasure of a visit from one in their garden (or elsewhere). If you come across this page because you were trying to confirm your own sighting, please let me know.