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Totem Animal: Hummingbird Moth

I’ve been doing a lot of gardening lately at various locations and it makes everytime an adventure! For example, last week I saw a strange creature flutterting about in the flowers. It moved like a hummingbird but it looked more like a bug; also it was much smaller than the hummingbirds I’m familiar with. It was too big to be a bee. After asking a friend, I HM photodiscovered it was a hummingbird moth! A what?! I’ve never heard of it before. It was
exciting! I tried to gently catch it but it was too fast and I didn’t want to disturb it too much. I decided to try and get the best shot I could with my phone. It was so quick and only hovered for a second or two before fluttering off to the next flower. It was an amazing discovery so I decided to research them and do a sketch.

They flutter about from Alaska through the Northern Territories also through most of the United States. They enjoy sweet smelling and pale colored flowers especially honeysuckle, beebalm, phlox, and verbena. It drinks nectar through a proboscis (it’s long tongue). Because of it’s appearance and habits, it is often mistaken for a hummingbird.

I looked up the symbolism for a hummingbird moth but it was difficult to find. The moth symbolism in general was directed towards the nocturnal aspects of moths. Yet the hummingbird moth is diurnal, a day flyer! In that case, the moth totem would coincide with butterfly symbolism which represents transformation. Rapid changes in your life are about to happen to the point you will no longer be the same from when you started. Like the butterfly, it is best to accept it and have faith that life is leading you in the right direction. Worrying and fretting about it does not change the course of nature so it is best to allow nature to do it’s work. I also looked up the hummingbird totem which says to be flexible during rapid life changes. Stay positive and remember to enjoy the simple things. Open your heart up,  dream big, and make the most of your life!

HM Sketch

I guess I have some big changes coming my way! Well like I always say, go with the flow! I intent to do just that. I hope you enjoyed learning about the hummingbird moth. I was sure excited to!

What do you think about the hummingbird moth? Have you ever seen one before? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts! Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

“The significance of the moth is change. Caterpillar into chrysalis or pupa, from thence into beauty.”




11 thoughts on “Totem Animal: Hummingbird Moth

  1. Hi Meg, I saw a hummingbird today for the first time, it was so beautiful and for ages just kept soaking up the nectar from the verbena plant. I came home and googled it’s spiritual meaning, thank you for the explanation! I have been feeling very restless and at a cross roads, so the your blog really helped me x x

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    1. That’s great to hear! I’m glad it helped! I haven’t seen a hummingbird this year yet but i did see a Great Blue Heron today. I guess I should do a post about those guys next. They represent self reflection. Thank you so much for your comment! I hope your enjoying your Spring so far! Take care!


  2. Hi Meg!
    First time my husband and I together saw this exquisite creature was yesterday, April 30, 2017. We were gardening and he saw it fly by me and thought it was a baby hummingbird. A few minutes later, the creature was back enjoying our flowers. We had a good ten minutes of wonder and awe! We have never seen anything like it and just decided to Google hummingbird moth and voila!
    I was surprised Ted Andrews doesn’t include it in any of his books, but lucky to find some blogs, such as yours, that talk about the symbolism.

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    1. That is so awesome! Have have not seen another one since that day but the season has just started so we will see by the end! It’s funny that you mention Ted Andrews! My mom and aunt love his books (as do I😊) and we reference him often. Thanks for sharing you story! It’s so exciting to discover a new creature. I hope any changes coming your way bring you happiness! ✌😊


  3. Years ago this moth visited my garden. Like you, I had never before saw a beautiful creature such as this. There are so many strange and beautiful moths. The few that I have seen have always left me in awe and wonder. Very cool you were able to catch a picture of it.

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