Showing posts with label Clearwing Hummingbirds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clearwing Hummingbirds. Show all posts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Clearwing Hummingbird-

Clearwing Hummingbird-
Clearwing Hummingbird
In this post I thought I would tell you about the beautiful hummingbird Clearwing.These tiny-winged creatures
hover next to flowers just like the hummingbirds, yet they use a feeding tube that rolls up quickly as they feed on the nectar of the flowers. You probably all ready know how the hummingbirds get their nectar - from some of my older  posts, how they use their tiny or sometime long pecks with a very long fast tongue, that quickly sticks into the flower for food. Kinda Curious Eh! The Humming Clearwing is an moth. Its scientific name is; [Hemaris thysbe] or the Sphinx Moth. They are quite tiny just like the hummingbirds [Although if you look in some of my posts on the hummingbirds there are some hummingbirds that are a bit bigger and some a tiny as the bee hummingbird as they are called]. The Hummingbird Clearwing wingspan is about
1-1/2 to 2 inches long. These beauty's do have some distinctive markings that you could tell them apart; the
Clearwing Hummingbirds
Clearwings are surrounded by red or brown hues. Their bodies are an olive-green with reddish bands on their lower parts of their tiny body's. As to their behavior; It is quite different compared to the hummingbirds which is in constant motion. The Clearwings will fly from flower to flower and instead in constant motion they will hover almost motionless while they feed on the nectar. You will only find these beauty's mostly in meadows, forest edges and sometimes if your lucky your backyard/gardens. The Range of where this Clearwings live is all of Canada; parts of Alaska; top parts of the US like that of Washington; Oregon; Idaho; across to Ohio and over to the east coast. Of course You won't find them anywhere on the west coast and the middle of the US either. Mostly from the great lakes all the way down to the Southern states.
Why these  beautiful Clearwings resemble the hummingbirds? Well first of all they are part of the Sphinx
Moth Family and they use a coiled tube that extends out of its mouth to feed, then rolls back up and out of the way. [Kinda like the hummingbird when they stick out their long tongues from their peaks and then back again]. The Hummingbird Clearwing moth uses the tube to extract the nectar form the flowers like the honeysuckle, beebalm, lilacs' snowberry and viburnum's. One could say the Clearwings are the most beautiful insects' . Unlike the hummingbirds that raise their young in a nest with only 2eggs at a time; the Clearwing female moths lay small green eggs on the underside of leaves in the early spring. They will hatch into larvae that have a prominent horn on the rear of the caterpillars.
These caterpillars will feed on either Cherry or Plum trees and honeysuckle , snowberry and hawthorn trees




Moth Hummingbird
Clearwing Hummingbird

 too. When they are ready, the caterpillars will form small dark-brown cocoons in the leaf litter. Some spend winters like that, but others in the south where is a second brood, appear again in late
summer or fall. So there is the most interesting Clearwing hummingbird
I hope that you all will Enjoy this most interesting kinda hummingbird:o
I thought it was and I wish you all a wonderful weekend:o

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