The hummingbird moth could be one of Little Crum Creek’s most surprising creatures.

Many recall a first encounter with curiosity and awe, having never expected to see such a thing.

In fact, my first sighting  of one in August 2008 was also, to date, my last.

Though this snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) mimicked a bumblebee in color, it was much larger and otherwise hovered and flew like a hummingbird.  A friend notes its lobster-like tail.

Here it unfurls a curled proboscis to feed on a butterfly bush and inspire thoughts of what other surprising wonders await us.