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Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)

One of nature’s most fascinating creatures is the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. Native to Cananda and the eastern U.S.A., this insectresembles, and is commonly mistaken for , ahummingbird. At 2.5 inches in length, with a colorful”feathery” body, rapid wingbeats, and feeding on flower blossums during daylight…..it’sname is no surpize!

This moth hovers briefly over flowers while sipping nectar through a long feeding tube. It’s body is covered by green “fur” and it’s wingscale are a burgundy….giving it the appearance of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird.

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Steven Scott

Steven Scott

Steven Scott is a photonaturalist blogger based in Florida and Maine. He has surveyed butterflies with Earthwatch Institute in the mountains of Vietnam, tagged juvenile snook with Mote Marine Laboratory in the mangroves of Florida and filmed a BioBlitz insect survey in Acadia National Park. A registered nurse and retired Army officer, Steven believes man is an integral part of nature and travels annually to Vietnam with humanitarian medical teams from Vets With a Mission.

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Carol Duke
Carol Duke
4 years 3 months ago

Great captures Steven! I love these illusive hovering creatures. Their ‘fur’ and abdomens remind me of some flyfishing detailed (whatever they are called) fly? I love the butterfly and moth site too! 


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