I took this picture last summer. It appears that the ginger closed up on this moth's proboscus and would not let go. The moth was dead.
What do y'all think?
Yeah, it was going to be a tomato horn worm anyway. (I have secretly trained my ginger plants to wipe those nasties out!)
Heh, heh, heh! Donna, I KNEW this one was gonna get you! I'm going to save up all the tomato hornworms I can find and send them home with you in October!
Edited to say: I love to tease my dear friend Donna (the queen of butterflies), but this was NOT a set up picture. I did, in fact, find this dead moth hanging like this from a dying hedychium coronarium flower. I do not spray poisons in or around my gingers.
Does anyone have a clue what might have caused this????
This message was edited Sep 9, 2008 9:43 AM
This message was edited Sep 9, 2008 9:44 AM
I'm only 5 months late in responding to your question.. however, this occurs when the flower starts to wilt and the hummingbird moth is still feeding, their proboscis gets stuck down in the tube and they are not able to extract themselves. I find it more often then I care to down in the swamp.