TIL of the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, a moth that bears…


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TIL of the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, a moth that bears remarkable resemblance to a hummingbird – even consuming nectar from the same type of flowers in the same manner. There is no genetic relationship between the two.


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  1. The first time I saw a Hummingbird moth, I honestly thought it was a hummingbird. Such a cool and interesting insect.

  2. When you look closely at them they actually look like flying shrimp. I get them all over my garden. They are funny little creatures, so hard to get good photos of with just a phone.

  3. Well, there is some genetic relationship, as they’re both animals. But their last common ancestor was probably back 600 million years ago. But, they do still share plenty of ancestral genes and gene families in common.

  4. That is incorrect. On Noah’s ark, a hummingbird and a moth loved each other very much and a hummingbird moth was born.

  5. >There is no genetic relationship between the two.

    Well, yeah, one is a vertebrate, and the other is an arthropod. The last common ancestor between the two existed 1100 to 900 million years ago. Birds evolved 150 million years old for comparison