Hummingbird Moth and Soaring Socks

While sitting outside and doing a little knitting I spied this little guy. I first thought he was a bee, then when I got closer, I noticed he was acting like a hummingbird.


A long nose, clear wings, and a hairy body? Could he be a moth?


Yep, after some investigating, I discovered he is a Hummingbird moth, see this great slowed down video.

He is actually a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth! We have been enjoying watching him!

While sitting outside I’ve been working on my Sock, the basic sock from the Socks that soar on two needles by Cat Bordhi. I love this method of knitting socks!


Hoping to get these done soon, it is a fast method of knitting socks, and when carrying them, no worries about having a dpn drop out.

May your knitting needles fly as fast as dragonflies..


  1. Anonymous8/23/2010

    Oh my these are one of my favorite insects that unfortunately don't live here. As I know they're also called "hawk moth". They're awesome!

  2. Ok...so my husband isn't crazy. Well not about this anyway. He swears he saw a moth in the back yard that he thought was a hummingbird! I didn't even know these existed, so naturally I thought he was nuts.

  3. I've never heard of a hummingbird moth before. How cool!

    I've never knitted any of Cat's designs or techniques before. I did try toe up socks once but I had trouble binding off loosely enough on the cuff so I just never did it again.

  4. We have those too! I've been seeing "strange insects" (as I called them) around here for the first time and had no idea what they were.

    Glad you enlightened me :-)


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