Most people mistake this little guy for a hummingbird or bee. I absolutely adore these little guys although I don’t think I had ever seen one until I moved down to Southwestern Minnesota.
For years I have been trying to catch these guys in action, but they are quick and usually hard to get photos of. I lucked out while we were enjoying the beautiful weather and a beer up by the garden the other night.
The Hummingbird Moth is a member of the Sphinx Moth family, and although its larvae (a small green hornworm) closely resembles the tomato hornworm/Five-Spotted Hawkmoth which are notorious vegetable garden pests, the Hummingbird Moth caterpillars feed non-destructively on the foliage of native shrubs and trees.
I hope you have a beautiful day.