The Hummingbird Hawk moth is little different than other moths because it is diurnal and it hovers in the air to feed. It is really fascinating to watch!
We already have a butterfly and bee garden so we decided this year we would call more moths to our garden by planting a moth garden (sometimes called a moon garden). For a moth garden you want light colored plants that have a strong smell and glow in the moonlight. We picked out lots of white and light colored flower seeds for our garden (zinnia, alyssum, chamomile, cosmos, four o' clocks, moonflowers, evening primrose, lantana, flowering tobacco, and daisies). These are just the flowers for the moths to feed on, we are also going to plant some of their larval host trees and plants. The Hummingbird Hawk moth's larval plant is Galium verum (Lady's Bedstraw), we would love to have Hummingbird Hawk caterpillars, so this plant is a must for us!
White Hydrangea photo by Fauna
I had the perfect book to introduce a moth garden to the little ladies, "The Moonflower" by Jean and Peter Loewer. The book teaches us about the moonflower vine and all of the nocturnal creatures that visit this fragrant flower that only opens in the evening.
It was only appropriate to start our moth garden by planting moonflower seeds.
We are big journal writers around here so we recorded moonflower information and the date into our seed journals after planting.
Then we created some of our own moths using pressed leaves and treasures found in the yard.
We still have so MANY more seeds to plant!