Aloha and Good Morning to everyone in the Hawaiian Life community. How are you all today? I was a little under the weather and took a couple weeks off but am back now. We are half way through September already, wow does time fly. I'm gonna do an interesting moth today, you might have seen them and mistaken them for hummingbirds... The Hummingbird Moth... an interesting little beauty...
*Hummingbird Moths In Hawaii*
Have you ever been out in the yard and you see something buzz by or hovering over your flowers and you think it is a hummingbird? Many times it just might be a moth... a hummingbird moth! If you are sitting still and it comes toward you, it is definitely a hummingbird moth because hummingbirds themselves want no contact with people, just the flowers or sweet nectar from the flowers...
From what I've learned, Hawaii doesn't have hummingbirds, so if that is what you thought you saw, it was probably a hummingbird moth. There are a few species of hummingbird moths which are in the Family of Sphingidae. The similarities of a hummingbird moth to a hummingbird itself is quite remarkable... Here is a short video of a sphinx hummingbird moth as it feasts on a lovely bunch of flowers... ӇƲMMƖƝƓƁƖƦƊ MƠƬӇ
There are fourteen species or subspecies of hummingbird moths found in Hawaii but there are only six that are endemic, native to the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian Sphinx, Hyles calida calida, is found on most of the islands including Kahului and Maui . Another Hawaiian Sphinx, Hyles calida hawaiiensis, is found only on the Big Island.
Blackburn's Sphinx Moth, Manduca blackburni, a rare Hawaiian Sphinx is found on the island of Maui. The Green Sphinx Moth, Tinostoma smaragditis, is found on Kauai. The Perkin's Sphinx, Hyles perkinsi, is found on the smaller islands. Wilson's Sphinx, Hyles wilsoni, is found only on the Big Island. Quite an interesting moth, no matter where it is found...
Depending on the species, the hummingbird moth can be considered as a medium to large size moth, and the wingspan is five or more inches in length. They resemble a hummingbird and they fly strong and fast with rapid wing movements. Some of these hummingbird moths are active at dusk, but many are found throughtout each day going from one flower to another as in the above video. The only difference between the bird and moth... when the hummingbird eats it sucks the nectar through its beak, where the hummingbird moth sucks its nectar through their proboscis.
The chirping birds remind me to slow down to hear the songs of life...~MLD
As the waves come rushing in my toes sink in the sand and I am happy...~MLD
The sweet rhythm of the waves, the birds roosting in the trees, I need nothing more ~MLD
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Thinking of you and I smile, hoping peace has a room in your soul...~MLD
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