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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

65879 views Earl Hartlen September 2, 2021 Norfolk County, ON Date shot: August 31, 2021

Have you ever seen one? Commonly confused with a hummingbird or a bumblebee, the "Hummingbird Clearwing Moth" beats its wings rapidly, hovering to collect nectar from a variety of flowers. The combination of its appearance, rather large size, extra long proboscis, which is inserted into the flowers, and its behavior has mesmerized many a person who have fortunately had the opportunity to watch one in their gardens. Hemaris thysbe, the hummingbird clearwing, is a moth of the family Sphingidae (hawkmoths). These hummingbird moths are found in many regions of both North and South America, although they migrate to warmer parts during the winters. Apart from the Americas, the Clearwings are also found in select parts of Europe. In the United Kingdom they are commonly known as Bee Hawk moths.

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