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
The translucent wings of a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth
Snowberry Clearwing Moth nectaring on Lantana
Snowberry Clearwing hovering