White-lined sphinx


The enormous snowpack of this past winter followed by an unusually mild and wet June led to an incredible abundance of wildflowers during summer, which in turn allowed insects to thrive. The white-lined sphinx moth, also called hummingbird moth, appeared to be everywhere, buzzing about and gorging on the riches. I set out into the mountains above Incline Village to capture this fascinating creature in action, and could not believe just how many there were, along with butterflies and busy bees big and small among the colorful display of flowers.

~ Nina Miller is not only Moonshine’s copyeditor, but a portrait and wedding photographer based in Incline Village who enjoys finding beauty with her camera wherever she goes. Follow her on Instagram under ninaphotoart and ninaphototahoe, or see her work at ninaphototahoe.com.



  • Nina Miller

    Nina Miller has been a Moonshiner for many years, with a short break. She also owns her own portrait and wedding photography business based in Incline Village, and loves to travel whenever possible, preferably with her teenage son. Nina enjoys walks by the lake and skiing Tahoe’s phenomenal slopes.

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