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The Hummer Moth

The Hummer Moth

The Hummer Moth

It was the year of the hummer moth – a strange creature I had never seen before, and have never seen since. I had never even heard of a hummer moth until my mom called one day trying to explain this strange thing she saw hovering around her flowers.

I couldn’t quite imagine what she was talking about, and I have to admit I didn’t readily believe the thing existed. It took me a few visits to her gardens before I saw one for myself.

It was a lovely August day and I was once again photographing the beautiful flowers my mom somehow manages to not only keep alive, but grow beautifully. I heard it before I saw it. It made a loud buzzing sound, much like a hummingbird.

It moved so quickly that I almost missed it. My brain was slow to register what I was looking at – it was so strange. Finally the gears snapped into place and I remembered my camera.

I was crouched down on the cement at the edge of the driveway, photographing the flowers lining the length of it. I swung my camera up and managed to get a shot from below just as the hummer moth flew overhead and disappeared completely.

After waiting for it to come back, to no avail, I went in the house to see what I had captured. As I zoomed in on the creature I was surprised to see what I saw. A thick body reminiscent of a caterpillar, antennae like a butterfly, the wings of a moth, numerous legs that didn’t appear strong enough to hold the thing up, and a terribly long tongue used for sucking nectar out of flowers. It was a fascinating combination of ugliness and beauty.

The year of the hummer moth was a strange one to be sure. Although I saw more that year, this is the only photograph I was able to capture. I’ve never seen one since, and I’m thankful God gave me the opportunity to see one of His more unique creations.

And that, my friends, is the story of how I captured The Hummer Moth. Click to Tweet!

Have you ever seen a Hummer Moth or another strange creature?

Until we meet again,


About Author

I'm the author of "Howie's Broken Hee-Haw," a photographer, and lover of all things adventurous. I'll walk alongside you and help you discover joy for your journey and freedom in Christ!


  • Ginger
    March 12, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I had something like this but all black on my Mexican Bird of Paradise bush. I’m sir I have a picture somewhere.

    • Josie Siler
      March 12, 2016 at 10:06 am

      If you can find the picture, I’d love to see it!

  • Carole Sparks
    March 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

    You were so blessed to catch this clear photo! I’ve seen these once before, but ALL my photographs turned out blurry.

    • Josie Siler
      March 14, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Ah, that’s such a bummer! I’m glad you have been able to see them though. They are such unique little creatures. Keep trying to capture one, and remember that the higher your shutter speed, the better chance you have at capturing a clear photograph of moving objects!


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