I’ve been trying to get some xeriscaping established this summer, and I’ve been very pleased with the plants that are growing. This one, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, is supposed to become a groundcover, and it’s spreading quite well. But with the flowers have come some interesting pollinating… things… that I can’t identify.
The leaves in the picture are about a centimeter or two across, so that thing is pretty big. It moves like a hummingbird, hovering in place and then zipping to another flower. (In fact, when my kid was buzzed by one recently, he swore it had been a hummingbird.) It’s got a long proboscis… thing… and antennae. My guess was some kind of a moth, but I’ve never seen anything like it.
I’ve seen it a number of times in the evening, but that’s when we’re out watering. I don’t know if it pollinates during the day or not.
Whatever it is, it’s cool, and I’m happy to have it hanging out in my garden.
(Photo credit: my other half.)
[Edit: my other half googled “bug that looks like a hummingbird” and found this: white-lined sphinx moth, aka “hummingbird moth”. So I guess he didn’t have to ask me to put the picture on the blog after all…]