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Hummingbird Clearwing

Hemaris thysbe


It is large enough to be a hummingbird but its actually a moth. Amazing!! It flew right around me like I wasn't there and proceeded to drink nectar from the wildflowers on the trail. It has an olive-green backside, possible maroon wings with translucent panels between wing veins, white underside, has 4 black rings from the abdomen to the tail. It looked like a beautiful and colorful crayfish the way the tail bobbed under as it hovered along the flowers.


Mainly hardwood habitat with wildflowers along the trail of the extreme Southside of the Aucilla WMA, in Wakulla County, Fl.


I spent the day on a field trip with the Hairstreak Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. Spotted 10 new species and learned a lot from the experts.

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robert emond
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robert emond

Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 25, 2019
Submitted on Sep 1, 2019

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