Quantcast
Jul 032012
 

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.

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.


Leave a Comment

  One Response to “Hummingbird Clearwing Moth”

  1. 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! 

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>



Top-Viewed Posts Last 30 Days

  1. POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned? » [8957 Views]
  2. Poll: Do you agree that shooting pheasants is good for the countryside? » [817 Views]
  3. POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped? » [634 Views]
  4. POLL: Should the kill quota on cougars be increased in New Mexico? » [531 Views]
  5. POLL: Should fishermen in Peru be allowed to continue slaughtering dolphins? Shocking Video! » [490 Views]
  6. Recently rediscovered hummingbird faces extinction » [439 Views]
  7. Komodo and its Dragons » [407 Views]
  8. Tiger family photo surprises scientists » [387 Views]
  9. Poll: Should the mass-killing of starlings with pesticides be allowed? » [372 Views]
  10. Extreme birdwatching: Twitching in war zones » [336 Views]

Top-Viewed Posts Last 12 Months

  1. POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned? » [11571 Views]
  2. » POLL: Should the ban on fox hunting be relaxed in the UK? [10678 Views]
  3. Petition: Stop Lion Canned Hunting in South Africa – Shocking Video » [4128 Views]
  4. POLL: Should lion canned hunting be banned in South Africa? » [3694 Views]
  5. Komodo and its Dragons » [3673 Views]
  6. POLL: Should bear hunting be banned in the US? » [3486 Views]
  7. Poll: Should hunting of black bears in Florida be allowed? » [2983 Views]
  8. POLL: Should the slaughter of wolves in British Columbia be banned? » [2955 Views]
  9. Join the 1st World Giraffe Day and help save these gentle giants » [2889 Views]
  10. POLL: Should the wolf hunting contest in Idaho be stopped? » [2686 Views]