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Grace, Barrie, Ontario

We were sitting in our dining room having a family meal when we noticed at around dusk when the sky was not quite dark a hummingbird sipping from our petunias. We thought it strange that the hummingbird would still be out this late and noticed an extremely long "beak". We all walked out onto the deck and stood right beside the strange bird. I put my hand out and it did not fly away. We realized quickly that this was not a hummingbird. It flew like a hummingbird but had this long feeding tube and beautiful colouring. I could not believe what I was seeing. It was not afraid at all. We watched it for several minutes as it sampled several flowers and then disappeared. Very quickly. Of course, nobody had their cameras ready. I watched for it the next day and finally saw it come around 10:30 P.M.. It has come back every night for the past three weeks at anywhere between 9 - 11 P.M.. I finally managed to get some shots of it and am attaching it. I have since found out it is the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. What a beautiful creature.

We live just south of Barrie, Ontario and have never seen anything like this before.

Barrie, Ontario