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    Default The 'hummingbird clear-wing moth' on anise hyssop

    This marvelous large moth (Hemaris thysbe) has been on my anise hyssop for the past couple of weeks. It looks for all the world like a tiny fairy-like hummingbird:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrrng_k9Jc0

    It moves pretty fast, so it wasn't exactly easy to keep it in the camera's field...sorry. The end of the video has the best shots of it.
    It amazes me how quickly it gets the nectar from each flower- it's tongue must be lightning fast!
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Default Re: The 'hummingbird clear-wing moth' on anise hyssop

    Really cool, I haven't seen one of those in years.
    Dan

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    Default Re: The 'hummingbird clear-wing moth' on anise hyssop

    We've had several on both our clemone (spider flower) and honeysuckle.
    They are fascinating. Very pretty up close. Wonder if anyone knows what the larva looks like?
    Dave

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    Default Re: The 'hummingbird clear-wing moth' on anise hyssop

    I have a butterfly bush that normally has several on it during mid-day.

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    Default Re: The 'hummingbird clear-wing moth' on anise hyssop

    I believe it is the only moth active during daytime. A excellent example of cryptic coloration. (mimics bumblebees)

    Rick SoMd

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    Default Re: The 'hummingbird clear-wing moth' on anise hyssop

    Quote Originally Posted by RedDave View Post
    Wonder if anyone knows what the larva looks like?
    Dave
    The photos I see look a lot like the tomato hornworm, but with a slightly different side stripe pattern.
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Default Re: The 'hummingbird clear-wing moth' on anise hyssop

    I saw a few of these last week on the flowers at Barns and Noble, thanks for the ident

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    Default Re: The 'hummingbird clear-wing moth' on anise hyssop

    Their caterpillars completely stripped two of my honeysuckles of leaves. I saw females laying eggs and the caterpillars nine spots make them unmistakable.
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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