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PostFri Jul 29, 2022 8:16 am 
I've heard about them but have never seen one. I geek out about stuff like this ( like my experience with rubber boas ) It was dusk ( almost dark ) and I got slapped in the face by a large flying something. Flew a few feet from me over to some flowering plant. Got a opportunity to see, and watch my first hummingbird hawk moth feed on flowers. Pretty cool!!! Thought I'd share

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PostFri Jul 29, 2022 9:37 am 
Cool! Where did this great experience occur??
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hummingbird hawk moth feed

Ocian in view! O! The joy! William Clark
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PostSun Jul 31, 2022 8:47 am 
Teanaway

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PostSun Jul 31, 2022 6:47 pm 
Actually saw one of those myself this weekend, along the seashore at Ft.Worden. It was having trouble with the ocean breeze, but it was very pretty up to the point a swallow schwacked it.

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PostMon Aug 01, 2022 8:15 am 
Many years ago, when I floated the San Juan River in Utah, I found Sacred Datura growing at 4000'. I collected seed and took them home and a couple sprouted. I put the plants out in my yard and they grew like crazy, producing flowers the size of salad plates, opening in the evening and closing the next afternoon. And then one day I was out admiring the beauty and fragrance, and for the first and only time in my life, I saw a hawk moth in Washington State, sipping nectar from a datura flower. Datura is unavailable in the nursery trade, I presume because the plants are dangerous to handle. My two plants did not survive the winter.

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PostMon Aug 01, 2022 10:11 am 
Datura contains Scopolamine which has medical uses but can cause serious harm if misused. In Columbia it is called Devils Tongue it has psychoactive properties but also causes zombification if you get the dose wrong. It is not a terribly popular recreational drug but can be used for date rape. It is particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol. If you read the Don Juan series it sounded awful. There are several species and it commonly grows along roads in the Southwest. In South America there are trees of it.

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