From caterpillar to Sphinx

Previously I posted photos of caterpillars that have emerged all over our area. This is due to the beautiful green foliage growing from our near record breaking desert rains.

Today I discovered the beautiful White-lined Sphinx moth that these fascinating caterpillars eventually become.

I was more that thrilled to discover several hovering in the flowers of a desert willow on my morning walk. What I read when I returned is that they are sometimes called the hummingbird moth. I agree! That is exactly how I described them to my husband when I texted him in excitement after my discovery.

They are challenging to photograph because they do not land (at least they were not landing this morning). I read that they beat their wings much faster than normal moths which allows them to hover like hummingbirds.

I realized later that I saw one on our house (under our porchlight) when I left at dawn. They are more beautiful in flight when you can see their pink tones.

I expect I will see many more if the number of caterpillars are any indication. But it was amazing to discover them this morning.

I also read they can actually swarm in some areas and devour plants and crops. Our local news Friday night said normally they will migrate elsewhere. Because of our rains and plant growth they stayed here.

Someone somewhere is missing their White-lined Sphinx moths!

I found them to be mesmerizing and beautiful πŸ’šπŸ€Ž

Below is a caterpillar from this morning’s walk, still clinging to the green plants by the thousands!

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  1. Alice says:

    Wow, those are so pretty! I think I’ve learned more about nature from you than just about anybody. I love hearing about them as well as seeing them.

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    1. Awwwww, thank you! πŸ₯° I’ve learned too. I’ll keep sharing! 😊

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  2. aussiebirder says:

    A beautiful moth beautifully captured Lisa. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! He amazed me 😊

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  3. It is a cute butterfly!

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    1. Thank you so much! He does look like a little hummingbird!!

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  4. This is super cool…nature…just amazing

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    1. Thank you Pam, and I agree! 😊

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  5. Naomi says:

    I had not idea that there is a moth than can hover! I am quite fascinated and am so happy that you found it. It is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! 😊

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  6. SoyBend says:

    They are so cool! Great pictures of them, Lisa.

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    1. Thank you! He literally flew to this flower right in front of me, and my camera cooperated and focused! 😊

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  7. Oh, wow, they are mesmerizing and beautiful. Thank you for sharing the beauty and goodness you see around you. Nature is Hope that all things will get better. The events within our country and the world we can only pray to transform to peace, love, joy, blessings. Hard to read the news sometimes. Take care.

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    1. Thank you, yes this little guy just made my day. Focusing on nature helps me refocus my mind. Any I pray every day, so much sadness πŸ˜’πŸ™

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  8. lolaWi says:

    beautiful captures, Lisa!

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    1. Thank you so much! They are such cool creatures 😊

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  9. blhphotoblog says:

    Beautiful and brilliantly captured!

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    1. Thank you! He is my favorite discovery this summer 😊

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