Last week we had a first time visitor dining on our garden’s Agapanthus africanus (white lily of the Nile) – a hummingbird hawk-moth or Macroglossum stellatarum. Generally found throughout Europe and Asia, the only recorded sighting in North America we could find was a hawk-moth on “Umiak Island of the Eastern Aleutians, AK, [which] is thought to be an unassisted stray.”

The hummingbird hawk-moths appear at a distance to be baby hummingbirds feeding on the nectar of the the lily’s tubular flowers. We have no idea when they arrived, but living here 43 years, this is a first.

Joan and Jeff