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The hummingbird moth and hummingbird share similar flying patterns and sounds. Together, they are two of four animals that can hover and move from side to side. It is not surprising that hummingbird moths are often mistaken for hummingbirds. They have excellent vision which was thought to be impossible in the type of eye (superpositional) that they possess. Most moths are nocturnal but these moths will fly at any time including during rain, which is also highly unusual. They can be seen year round. Their long proboscis retracts into a beautiful spiral. They use it to reach deep into flowers with a long and narrow calyx. This helps them avoid competition with other pollinators. Our first e.p. featured the song Hummingbird about hummingbirds. We noticed then that hummingbirds always attract our attention with their beautiful movement and colouring. The hummingbird is a good symbol for Christ as hummingbird are resurrected daily from a state of torpor. Hummingbird moths are ideal for thinking about the first person of the trinity because they are a creature with a purpose that we understand and which is duplicated exactly by other pollinators, but yet either because of our own lack of recognition or their similarity to the much more noticed and obvious hummingbird, we often do not see them. They remain in many ways a transcendent animal, until we see them and recognize that they have been flying around us all along. It is Augustine that noticed this about God when he said, "God is closer to me than I am to myself."

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hummingbird moth a song about hummingbird moths

If you want to see me know that I am strange
And your vision will need to be rearranged
If you want to learn about the things I do
Then just remember that it’s all happened to you

hummingbird moth

I am not a thing, I am nothing you have seen
But I am closer than anything you know
and when you see me you will recognize
That I have always been there in your eyes

hummingbird moth

expect me in the night but see me in the day
hiding in front of you as I show my face

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from Of Every Creature, released October 4, 2013

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anabaptist bestiary project Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a ten piece alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness. ... more

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