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I guess these are a type of Sphinx moth but are smaller than the chunkier & rarer Sphinx's. It's unusual to see one of these small, busy moths land but this guy stopped to perch in the lantana, I got a series of shots, and he continued around the flowers. Georgia yard


Happy Hug-a-bug Tuesday!


Winner, Pre-game, Anything goes, 8-14

Winner (Sweep), Game, Pre-game winners, 9-14


Looks like I still have that special touch:-)

Yesterday took over 100 photos of this Hummingbird Moth

couple butterflies and some bees,

Just as I was about to kneel down and pull weeds I saw this sweet Moth in front of me.

...when photographing butterflies. And a must view in the large size.


Good morning. While at my favorite field across town this Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe) unexpectedly came into my field of view to feed on Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea biebersteinii) while I was photographing butterflies. It totally caught me by surprise, which accounts for the blurred wings as a result of the relatively slow exposure setting set for butterfly shots. Based on the circumstances I'm truly thankful this turned out as well as it did since it flew away after this one and only shot.


I'm only aware of three varieties of Clearwing Hummingbird Moths in North America (not that there isn't more) with the above variety being the largest...although smaller than one's thumb. And although it has been seen on the West Coast it mainly ranges in the eastern half of the country. The Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) ranges across the entire United States, but is somewhat more widely dispersed in the western half. The Rocky Mountain Clearwing (Hemaris senta), as it name implies, is isolated mainly to a few Rocky Mountain States.


Thanks for visiting...I hope you enjoy this as well as the following images, which can also be found here...


of a unique member of the Hawkmoth family, and that you have a most pleasant day.




ISO100, aperture f/5.6, exposure .004 seconds (1/250) focal length 240mm


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I have waited years for a snowberry clearwing moth to stop fluttering around all the time and just land on a flower. It happened this week, and not only that, this one let me get within inches of it while it nectared at the Encore azalea. (Note: I thought at first it was a hummingbird clearwing moth, but the black legs mark it as the snowberry.)


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My first sighting of a Snowberry Clearwing Moth (H. diffinis) in the garden this summer. Very late for a first sighting. Andover, NJ

...and best viewed large.


Good morning and Happy Hug a Bug Day to everyone. I thought I would post a second series on a Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) that I was fortunate enough to photograph in late August feeding on thistle. The thistle was growing on the edge of a pond, which provided a much cleaner background than the last shots of a Snowberry I posted. The Snowberry was very methodical about feeding on the thistle as it made several circular trips around each flower a number of times before moving on to the next one. This allowed me ample time to take numerous shots and the opportunity to fiddle with camera settings to get the best possible results. A very accommodating little moth so I'm assuming it's a female :-)


The only problem I had was dealing with butterflies, of which there were many and quite often they would get enter into the field of view and ruin the shot. But in the end the butterflies won out and I decided to include a couple of pics with some in the comment section.


Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a truly nice day.




ISO800, aperture f/8, exposure .001 seconds (1/1000) focal length 210mm

Snowberry clearwing moths are master mimics. They can either look like a big bumble bee or a feeding hummingbird with their hovering style. Look at the length of that tongue!

Thanks goes to Bev (bvshort) for identifying this creature for me!!!

Thanks Bev!!!!

...not too often you can get a side-by-side comparison in the garden, but this Snowberry Clearwing decided he wanted some of that luscious Monarda, too! =-)


Obviously, this is not technically good, is not sharp as it should be (another one of those shots I was not prepared for...=-(....), but it DOES show the diff in color and markings in the two types of these little wonders.


Hummingbird nectaring (Hemaris thysbe), Snowberry incoming (Hemaris diffinis)...=-)


Family for both: Hawk Moth, Sphinx Moth (used interchangably) ....Sphingidae


Tiny and fast flying Snowberry Clearwing Moth at rest.


To learn more...


Note the blue abdominal tufts in the first black segment behind its wings and saw-edge anthers.

These day-flying moths never stay still, making it a challenge to get a photo. HMM

Good morning everyone and Happy Hug a Bug Day. Featured today is the Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis), commonly known as a Hummingbird Moth. But it shouldn't be confused with its close cousin the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe), which is a bit larger in size. The easiest way to distinguish between the two is the Snowberry pictured in this series has black legs, while the Hummingbird moth has light colored ones. Between the two, the Snowberry is the one most commonly found here locally.


As for these photos, all were taken at the reclaimed strip mine last week. The first two photos in the comment section are of the same moth feeding on Teasel while the third and last photo is a different moth I found resting. I hope you enjoy this short series on these interesting little creatures and find the provided text in the comment section informative.


As always, don't forget to click on "more comments" if you don't see the additional pics in the comment section. Even better, scroll through them by clicking on the arrow on the right in the above field of black. And if you want to view any picture in the field of black or comment section large all you have to do is click on it.


Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a terrific Tuesday.



Hemaris diffinis, the snowberry clearwing, is a moth of the order Lepidoptera, family Sphingidae. This moth is sometimes called "hummingbird moth" or "flying lobster "

Hemaris diffinis

July 10, 2017

Colora, MD Cecil County

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


Make Me Pop!

Georgia yard ... I haven't seen one of these hummingbird-mimic moths in decades so was thrilled to finally get one :-) Any of you moth experts want to nail the ID? Thanks to Cotinis for narrowing ID to Snowberry!


Check out Allen's fabulous Hummingbird moth shots:


made it to the Outpost - thanks everyone!

Winner, Nature's Pot-of-Gold challenge, it looks like something else 11-08

Snowberry clearwing moth

Another view of the Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth at Kaercher Creek.

Snowberry clearwing moth

Snowberry clearwing moth

An awesome snowberry clearwing caterpillar (Hemaris diffinis) munching away on shrub honeysuckle.

Snowberry clearwing moth

Order Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths

No Taxon Moths

Superfamily Bombycoidea

Family Sphingidae - Sphinx Moths

Subfamily Macroglossinae

Tribe Dilophonotini

Genus Hemaris

Species diffinis - Snowberry Clearwing - Hodges#7855

Hemaris diffinis - Snowberry Clearwing - Hodges#7855


Seen during this morning's Birds and Butterflies tour of Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve, led by NJ Audubon associate naturalists Chris and Paula Williams.

Bumblebee Sphinx Moth also known as a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris diffinis) on a Texas Thistle (Cirsium texanum).


I finally found time to sneak out and take a few nature shots this morning ~ I noticed several Texas Thistles growing in a field so I stopped to take a few shots. It was a wonderful surprise when a Bumblebee Sphinx Moth showed up to enjoy the thistles too.


For more info on the Snowberry Clearwing


Info on the Texas Thistle

(Cirsium texanum) Buckl.

For more info:

Hemaris diffinis nectaring on prairie verbena in the Onion Creek Greenbelt, Austin. Bumblebee mimics.

Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris Diffinis) resting in the sunlight

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