These large moths are often mistaken for hummingbirds since their rapid wing movement resembles a hummer in flight (hovering over flowers while feeding). Kristi’s photo beautifully captures this, as well as the long proboscis, unfurled to sip nectar from a golden currant flower. They usually fly at dusk, during the night, and at dawn, but can also be seen flying during the day. These moths are widespread and can be found throughout the United States. Their range extends north into southern and mid western Canada and south into Central and South America.
Photo by Kristi DuBois on 5/17/20 in Missoula, MT