I was busy in the garden, picking tomatoes, getting in the rest of the corn -- what ears the raccoons had left -- as well as okra and eggplant -- some of which are white and do, indeed, look like eggs -- and picking squash, cucumbers, and beans, when I saw this critter on a bean leaf.
Ir looked kind of like a bumble bee . . . but then again . . .
Then again . . . this one below is a bumble bee, this fella on the sunflower. The one on the bean leaf has club-shaped antennae like a moth and the set of its wings is quite different.
Off to Mr. Google where I typed in bee and moth and voila! . . . found out that the impostor bee was a Bumblebee Moth -- of the family of Sphinx moths. His bumblebee looks protect him from many predators.
He's also known as a Hummingbird Moth because of his habit of hovering to feed from flowers. (I've seen them doing this before but only in motion and at a distance and hadn't noticed the bee disguise.)
Isn't Nature nifty?
LV - January 2012
5 years ago