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HUMMINGBIRD CLEARWING MOTH

Hemaris thysbe

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found this one in my nature photo archives SO BEAUTIFUL!

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pramod.mitikiri
pramod.mitikiri a week ago

From what I have learned, this could be a form of Batesian Mimicry as the hummingbird moth imitates the appearance of the the hummingbird, which makes sense as it mistakes its predators by making them think its a hummingbird, when it's not.

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollin...

I got the idea after finding another insect within the same genus (Hemaris) that mimics the appearance of a bumblebee.

https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewc...

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 a week ago

those are great questions! i wonder if scientists have addressed any aspect of this in any of their studies?

pramod.mitikiri
pramod.mitikiri a week ago

That moth looks amazing! Does it follow some type of imitation of a hummingbird to prevent predators from eating it while eating similar food as the hummingbird?

I'm actually really curious about the specific type of imitation the humming bird moth uses on.

Ingrid3
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Spotted on Aug 11, 2014
Submitted on Nov 24, 2021

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