A Bumblebee Moth or Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris sp. working a Salvia clevelandii Alpine flower. When he flies between flowers the tongue is rolled. These moths used to be out at night all over Southern California. Imagine going out in the evening in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles and finding a Bumblebee moth working the flowers. - grid24_6
Bird or Bee? Hummingbird Moth-Here’s a creature with an identity crisis. Some might think this unusual insect is a hummingbird as it flies, hovers and its wings hum just like a hummingbird. Then there is the issue that it looks like a Bumblebee. But it neither a bird or a bee but it is a Hummingbird Moth a.k.a. Bumblebee Moth. Like many moths they have a very long tongue they use to gather the nectar of long-necked flowers.
It's not a miniature hummingbird, it's the Hummingbird hawk moth, also known as the white-lined sphinx moth, one of the few day flying moths. It's caterpillars looks similar to a tomato horn worm. They feed on a wide variety of plants including pentas, gaura, evening primrose, and four-o-clocks. Rarely occurring in damaging numbers, no control is required.