Have you see this moth flying around Los Angeles?
My friend Kat has. She got up-close and personal with one when it flew in through her balcony window a few months ago.
It was a sultry spring evening and Kat was minding her own business until something flew into her Mid-Wilshire apartment. At first she thought it was a hummingbird as they're always flying outside her window, but as she got closer she realized it wasn't a hummingbird at all, but rather a large moth. Being a fellow nature-lover, she captured the creature under a glass jar, snapped a picture, and helped it back outside.
Saving the moth. Photo courtesy of Kat Superfisky.
Then, she texted me the picture with this caption: "what is it?" Instead of trying to write a lengthy response, I called her and told her all about hummingbird moths —...