HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) — Wayne Grigsby said he did not expect to discover a “true beauty show by nature” right in his family’s backyard.
Grigsby was in his brother’s backyard south of Huntington Monday when he noticed a flying bug, which he learned upon further research was a hummingbird hawk-moth. It was circling a purple flower bush that appeared similar to a petunia.
The siblings soon realized the creature was not going anywhere– and was not camera shy.
“I could not believe it stayed there and let me video it,” Grigsby said during a phone call with WANE 15. He added he was able to film about eight videos on his phone in the span of 30 minutes without disturbing the bug.
Hummingbird hawk-moths are actually insects, not birds, according to Birds and Blooms. You can try to tell the difference based on their size– the hawk-moth species is smaller, between one and two inches, while hummingbirds are usually between three and four inches long.
“Suddenly its sibling arrived and there were two of them feeding right next to my brother and I,” Grigsby said in an email to WANE 15. “It was amazing.”
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