Nature Canada bills the hummingbird moth as one of Canada’s coolest creatures. But, who could have guessed just how cool it would be on this occasion?
With spring, I often look for this moth. I rarely find it. Our local one is the Rocky Mountain Clearwing (Hemaris thetis) and you are lucky to even spot one, let alone watch it mate — and in midair.
This moth not only flies by day, it sips nectar as it hovers over flowers in the manner of a hummingbird. This one was visiting lilacs.
Amazingly, it was soon joined by another and they mated. The two of them continued to fly haphazardly about the lilac, seemingly using it as a sort of reference.
I believe the male is on the left. They never strayed far from the lilac during their aerial bout.