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Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

(First of two) The large patches of Homestead Purple Verbena in my garden have been drawing both Hummingbird and Snowberry Clearwing moths and the somewhat similar Nessus Sphinx Moth. The moths have been sharing the flowers with large bumblebees that approach them in size.

 

The moths are about 25 to 30 mm in length or a little under 1 1/4 inches or about a third the length of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

 

The Hummingbird Clearwing can be distinguished from several similar species by its light-colored legs. For more on identification see: www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=3437

 

The image was taken with the Nikkor 80-400mm at 370mm, handheld, manual focus f5.6 at 1/1250.

 

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April 20, 2012, Rockingham County, Virginia.

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