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The Approach

A snowberry clearwing moth approaches a single blue dicks blossom in a meadow at Auburn, California. The clearwing moths are also called hummingbird moths for their rapid wing-rate, circular wing motion and the fact that they can fly in reverse like hummingbirds. This variety is "disguised" as a bumblebee, which tends to keep predators at a distance.


Snowberry clearwing moth: Hemaris diffinis; Blue Dicks: Dichelostemma capitatum


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Taken on April 8, 2007