12 Interesting Hummingbird Moth Facts 

Please allow me to present you with twelve fascinating facts about hummingbird moths  

Since they hover and look like hummingbirds, hummingbird moths are sometimes mistaken for them. To avoid predators, they mimic hummingbirds.  

Master Copyists  

The Sphingidae family includes hummingbird moths. Hemaris is a genus containing numerous species.  

The Scientific Name  

Hummingbird moths are diurnal, active during the day, especially in bright sunshine, unlike most moths.  

A Daytime Flyer  

They live in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  


Wingspans range from 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) for these moths  


Like hummingbirds, hummingbird moths may hover in midair. This lets them eat flower nectar while flying.  

Flight Pattern  

Like bees and butterflies, hummingbird moths feed on nectar and transport pollen between flowers.  


Hornworms, hummingbird moth larvae, eat honeysuckle, snowberry, and dogbane leaves.  


Hummingbird moths metamorphose at the pupa stage before becoming adults.  

Pupa Stage

Their brown, grey, and white appearance helps them blend in.  


Hummingbird moths use their lengthy proboscis to collect flower nectar. Specialised feeding anatomy lets them reach deep within tubular blossoms.  

Long Proboscis  

Some hummingbird moths go far to breed and feed.  

Seasonal Migration  


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