White-lined Sphinx Moths for National Moth Week

White-lined Sphinx Moth hovering over a Rocky Mountain Bee PlantWhite-lined Sphinx Moth hovering over a Rocky Mountain Bee Plant – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday was the first day of National Moth Week 2015 and the featured family of moths for this year are from the Sphingidae family which are commonly know as hawk moths, sphinx moths and hornworms. I don’t see many moths here in Utah but I do see White-lined Sphinx Moths when the Rocky Mountain Bee Plants are in bloom.

White-lined Sphinx Moth feeding on Rocky Mountain Bee PlantWhite-lined Sphinx Moth feeding on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last year I was able to take quite a few images of these sphinx moths while I photographed hummingbirds at the bee plants. I haven’t seen as many bee plants this year as I did last year but I still hope to photograph the moths and hummingbirds in a few weeks.

Happy Mothing!

Life is good.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. Mia McPherson July 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you Ian, Steven, Patty, EC, Utahbooklover and Mom.

  2. Humming Bird Lover July 20, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Hi! love this little moth! You gave a great view of it and all the beautiful colors! wonderful work! Have a special day!

  3. Utahbooklover July 19, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Wonderful images both. I think Sphinx Moth is my favorite common name for them.

  4. Elephant's Child July 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Just beautiful. Thank you.

  5. Patty Chadwick July 19, 2015 at 8:38 am

    National Moth Week? Didn’t know there was such a thing…tell that to the bug zappers, who think mosquitoes are attracted to lights…yeah, right! I get as much pleasure watching these guys feed as their look-alikes, the hummingbirds…lbeautiful image….

  6. steven kessel July 19, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I’m very impressed that you get these images with a long telephoto. Well done!

  7. steven kessel July 19, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I’m very impressed that you get these images with a long telephoto. Well done!

  8. Ian Holland July 19, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Great captures!

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