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Old 07-23-2009, 09:55 PM
 
Location: S.Dak
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We've had them @ my house, before. I freaked the first time I saw one, too............
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Wow! I wish we got those here in Texas.
If you have horn worms on your tomato plants.......you have them.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:28 AM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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If you have horn worms on your tomato plants.......you have them.

Are you sure about that ???????????????
I thought those were gypsy moths...also huge moths, but not colored like the one shown. Hmmmmmmm.................I wonder (???)
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:59 AM
 
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Are you sure about that ???????????????
I thought those were gypsy moths...also huge moths, but not colored like the one shown. Hmmmmmmm.................I wonder (???)
I may be mistaken about this moth being the adult stage of the tomato horn worm. There are several "hummingbird" type moths and among their larval stages are both the tobacco and tomato worms. At any rate, this moth, while beautiful, probably had a larval stage that chomped down on someone's carefully tended summer garden.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:44 AM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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We have Hummingbird moths and I enjoy seeing them. I do not find them at all 'scary'. There are several species that are similar. Here is a pic I took of a Clearwing moth:

http://pic16.picturetrail.com/VOL635...0/62538943.jpg

I guess at the first instant of seeing one, someone might mistake it with a bumble bee???
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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.No colors visible.Seemed to be grayish
The pink is not usually visible and is actually pretty hard to see when they're moving, especially since it's usually dusk when you see one.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:56 PM
 
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I doubt the colors are underneath from the perspectice of the flower? This thing was at some point 6" from my squinted(protected)eyes giving i guess a fisheye camera lens perspective? I am far from a nature wuss,but the encounter was unnerving.It was either trying to land on my face for some reason,or trying a martian mind meld thing.lol.I really want to find a pic from underneath/infront.It theorectically could have been a hummingbird,because it was much larger than an average insect.Whatever it was it was much faster than human reflexes,and upon reflection must have thought the sweat on my forehead or my breath was something to gather.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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(guess what I saw today...)

The first time I saw one no one believed me.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:40 AM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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They are bigger than a bumble bee but smaller than a hummingbird.
Sandinmyshoes, did you have a bright flowery garment on? It may have been attracted to that. Or maybe your perfume or lotion?
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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There is at least one more kind, according to the images I saw on Google, and it is not as colorful as the one someone else posted a picture of here.
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