Clearwing Moth Feeding

hummingbird clearwing moth feeding at flower

A hummingbird clearwing moth, Hemaris thysbe, feeds at a flower while hovering.

I was just about to wrap up a so-so bug-shooting session when unwittingly I walked right up to this either very unbothered or oblivious clearwing moth (thinking a Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe. I was going to call it “calm,” but it was doing the typical hovering about clusters of these tiny flowers on a large bush, so “calm” would be a inaccurate. I had some framings I like better than this shot but couldn’t quite get in focus.

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2 thoughts on “Clearwing Moth Feeding

    1. The resemblance to a hummingbird is even more striking when you see them live and in person. They hover at flowers and dart from one spot to another almost too quickly to follow; they appear to be the smallest hummingbird you’ve ever seen!

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