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The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth and the Evening Primrose

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Jessie’s Evening Primrose

Jessie Ward invited us to her home this evening to watch her “magic flowers” bloom. We were treated to a rare and special visit by a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth.

The Hawk-Moth’s scientific name is the Macroglossum stellaratum. It is easily identified because it flies like a hummingbird and feeds on nectar from flowers with a long proboxcis.

These pets of Jessie’s garden come to feast on an Evening Primrose, scientific name – Oenothera macrocarpa, or as Jessie affectionately calls them her “magic flowers.”

This species is a perennial and blooms in May and June. The individual flower lasts for only a day and the magic starts in Jessie’s garden around 8:45pm – almost to the minute. Watch the video and see the event unfold before your eyes in real time in just over ten minutes.

Pollination of the Evening Primrose is done by the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth and it arrived on time when dinner was ready.

What a special evening with special friends… and nature’s entertainment… spectacular.

The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth and the Evening Primrose

Written by bwyatt

June 20th, 2012 at 4:12 am

Posted in Nature

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  1. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful experience! I love the blooming night cirus too. They kinda stink though :).It was nice to listen to your conversations too!

    DeeDee Hamby

    20 Jun 12 at 5:31 am

  2. Thank you DeeDee. I’m glad you enjoyed it!


    20 Jun 12 at 11:44 am

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