The Moonflower and Hummingbird Moth

Melissa Sandfort

In a rare moment, my Aunt was able to catch this stunning photograph of a hummingbird moth eating nectar from her moonflower. It’s rare because: 1) it’s gorgeous, 2) hummingbird moths are often mistaken for a hummingbird because of its coloration and how it moves, and 3) moonflowers bloom in the evening and hummingbird moths can be seen on clear, sunny days.

That trip out to the garage resulted in capturing nature’s beauty at its finest! (And thank you to my Aunt for the picture!)

This awesome flower has white flowers on a twining vine and much like a hibiscus, the flowers open in the evening and last only until touched by the next day’s sun.

We refer to my Aunt as the plant doctor because she can take any half-dead plant and bring it back to a vibrant, brilliant life. She has friends who bring her the most dreadful, sad-looking plants in hopes of refreshing them, and when she does (every time), the original owner has usually lost interest and her greenhouse only grows larger.

I used to claim I had a green thumb until my Aunt started sharing stories.

Until we walk again …