The Hummingbird Moth, unlike most moths, is seen on clear, sunny days. Many people do confuse it with hummingbirds because of its coloration and how it moves.
Hummingbird Moths grow up to two inches long. They have an olive-green body with red bands across their abdomen. Tufts of hairs from the end of the abdomen look a lot like feathers. The wings of this moth are mostly clear, sometimes with some red near the body.
Hummingbird Moths live in fields, gardens, and forest edges.
After mating, female moths lay eggs on host plants (food for caterpillars), such as honeysuckle, hawthorns, viburnum, and Black Cherry. The caterpillars which hatch from eggs are yellowish-green with darker green lines and reddish spots on the sides. They also have a yellow tail horn.
When caterpillars are fully grown, they climb down the host plant and into the soil where they make a cocoon and become a pupa (resting stage).
If it is early in the season, the adult moths will hatch in a few weeks. If it is in the...