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Hummingbird clearwing moth

Hemaris thysbe


Adults are frequently mistaken for hummingbirds or bees because of their fast-moving wings and coloration. They have a two inch wingspan. These moths use a coiled tube extending from their mouths to feed. I didn’t know if this was a snowberry clearwing moth as I had had one of those at my butterfly bush before. BugGuide helped: “The easiest way to differentiate the hummingbird clearwing from the snowberry clearwing is the color of the legs. The hummingbird clearwing has white legs, the snowberry has black legs. (and H. gracilis – the slender clearwing has reddish legs with a noticeable red stripe on the side of the thorax where the legs meet the thorax).


My yard


On two successive days, I saw a pair of clearwing moths at my butterfly bush, one more brownish and the other greenish. I thought one might be male and the other female but BugGuide pointed out: “They range in color from greenish to brownish/tan.” This is the brownish one, with the last photo showing both together.

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Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

Superb series Maria..:-)

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 10 years ago

Nice photos and series!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Thanks Gerardo, Jacob, Seema, Luis, Johan and Jill!

JillBlack 10 years ago

Lovely series Maria

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 10 years ago

Very nice photos of an extremely un-cooperative subject!

LuisStevens 10 years ago

Wow Maria, another great series

seemanair03 10 years ago

Nice series!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

AWESOME!! Very nice photography work!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

WOW incredible series Maria :)

Maria dB
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Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 22, 2012

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