Tiny hummer that looks like a bee
by Jane Driver
(Hot Springs Village, Arkansas)
last spring, when my azaleas were in full bloom, and the bees out in full force, I noticed a different "bee". After looking carefully I saw that it had the head, beak and eyes of a hummingbird. All these were black, as was the tail. The back was black with yellow stripes just like a bee. When it rested the wings were a bit longer than its body and came to a point. They came together and rested where the tail began. The tail spread like a hummer when it was flying. This bee-bird was only about an inch long. It came to feed every day on the flowers until they were done blooming and I have not seen it since.
I live in central Arkansas. I did a Google search and a woman wrote something about seeing the same thing and everyone tried to convince her it was some sort of insect. I don't believe that and neither did she. An insect does not have a bummers wings, beak and tail. Has any one else seen one or know of them?