- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Lepidoptera
- Family: Sphingidae
- Genus: Hemaris
- Species: Hemaris thysbe
12 Hummingbird Moth Facts for Kids
- The hummingbird moth is a hawkmoth that is a member of the genus Hemaris.
- The binomial name for the hummingbird moth is Hemaris thysbe.
- The hummingbird moth was described by Johan Christian Fabricius in 1775.
- The hummingbird moth gets its name from the similar appearance and behavior of an avian hummingbird.
- The hummingbird moth can be found in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
- The habitat prefered by hummingbird moths are a second-growth forest, a meadow or in suburban areas where someone has cultivated a butterfly garden to attract them.
- The coloration of hummingbird moths will vary, but its most commonly going to a have a back with olive green and burgundy, with an underside that is white or burgundy and yellow.
- An adult hummingbird moth is covered thick hair, that can resemble the appearance of feathers.
- The life cycle of a hummingbird moth includes four stages, an egg, larva, pupa and adult.
- The average wingspan of a hummingbird both is between 1.6 and 2.5 inches.
- A hummingbird moth can fly up to 12 miles an hour with its fast-moving wings.
- A hummingbird moth’s wings can flap up to 70 times per second.
Hummingbird Moth Pictures
A photo of a hummingbird moth feeding.
Credit: Danny Bales
A photo of a hummingbird moth hovering.
Credit: Idaho Fish and Game
A photo of a hummingbird moth larva.
Credit: Joan F. Rickert
Additional Resources with Hummingbird Moth Facts
- Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris spp.) – Find out more about hummingbird moths on the U.S. Forest Service website.
- Hemaris thysbe (Fabricius, 1775) – Discover more amazing information and facts about the hummingbird moth on the Pacific Northwest Moths website.
- Hemaris thysbe – Wikipedia – Learn more about the Hemaris thysbe (hummingbird moth) on the Wikipedia website.