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Snowberry Clearwing Moth

The Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) mimics a bumblebee in appearance, and can vary widely in markings, but typically its abdomen has yellow and black segments. It features a protruding head, large eyes, a large, furry thorax, and a conical abdomen that extends well beyond the hindwings when the moth flies.

It is sometimes called a "Hummingbird Moth" due to its ability to dark quickly from flower to flower, and its ability to hover over nectar sources.

It flies during the daylight much like the other hummingbird moths, but it may also continue to fly into the evening hours.

Wing Span: 1.25" - 2.0"

Host plants: Honeysuckle, dogbane, snowberry, viburnum, cherry, plum, hawthorn

Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) seen hovering over a Purple Butterfly Bush
Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth on a Purple Butterfly Bush


The translucent wings of a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth


Snowberry Clearwing Moth nectaring on Lantana
Snowberry Clearwing Moth nectaring on Lantana
A pair of Snowberry Clearwing Moths copulating (8/3/2014)

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Snowberry Clearwing hovering
Snowberry Clearwing hovering

 

 

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