According to butterfliesandmoths.org, the adult moths usually fly at dusk, during the night, and at dawn, but they will also fly during the day.
I think I have seen one visiting the garden on a camera that I set up. However when viewed in night vision with no color, it was a little hard to confirm an identity.
The moth's range includes most of the United States.
Its caterpillar host plants include "A great diversity of plants including willow weed, four o'clock, apple, evening primrose, elm, grape, tomato, purslane, and Fuchsia," the website posted.
The adults sip nectar from a variety of plants as well including columbines, larkspurs, petunia, honeysuckle, moonvine, bouncing bet, lilac, clovers, thistles, and Jimson weed, according to the site.
These visit my flowers yearly. This year I managed to get a shot of two hummingbird clearwings in one photo. I normally only have one feeding at a time. They were again drawn to the bee balm which turned out to be successful bait for luring both moths and butterflies.
I have in the past observed one or two snowberry clearwing moths, but nothing this year so far. They have a slightly different appearance than the hummingbird moth. They sport a longer black eye band and usually have legs that are dark to black in color. The hummingbird moth's legs are usually light to white in color.
I think I have one photo of a snowberry and I couldn't locate it for this post.
However, I did find three imperial moths over the past few weeks.
These large yellow and pink creatures literally only live for a few hours as adults.
"Adults emerge before sunrise and mate after midnight the next day," said the post on butterfliesandmoths.org. It seems their only purpose is to look pretty and find a mate.
They don't even feed as adults.
I guess that saves on courtship costs. They don't even have time for dinner let alone a movie.
According to the website, the moths have one brood in their northern range from June-August.
Its caterpillar host include conifers and deciduous trees and shrubs including pine, oak, box elder, maples, sweet gum and sassafras.
The ones I have seen have been in the vicinity of some sassafras trees and saplings.
I readily observe these big fellows and gals at work in Sandycreek Township.
They are drawn to the shop lights during the evening and night hours. Unfortunately, this is not a great habitat for them.
A lot meet their demise in the oil, grease and dust.
Although some may have met their end in another way.
I'm pretty sure the moth got away, but in the vast darkness of the shop ceiling it was hard to say.
The blackbirds also have learned that many moths don't make it out of the shop alive. The birds arrive in the morning to clean up the victims or to dispatch some of the weary stragglers still swarming the lights.
The cone-flowers keep bringing 'em in. They lure butterflies ranging from swallowtails to fritillaries. Sometimes there are even two at a time.