Monday, August 12, 2013

Hummingbird Clearwing

During a short walk on Saturday along Carleton College’s Lyman Lakes, I photographed this Hummingbird Clearwing, a moth that mimics hummingbirds. Actually to me it appears to mimic three hummers—the green head reminds me of a Ruby-throated, the brown body and wings look like a Rufous, and the abdomen is reminiscent of South American coquettes.

Hummingbird Clearwings are day-flying moths and hover while the sip flower nectar. This one is at Bee Balm—they also feed at honeysuckle, snowberry, hawthorns and various fruit trees ( The moth is found in gardens (where they do no damage) and city suburbs across much of North America.

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