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Hummingbird Clearwing

Hemaris thysbe

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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