Hemaris thysbe, the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Hemaris thysbe
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(Fabricius, 1775) Sesia thysbe


Hemaris thysbe, Weir Hill, North Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts,
June 2, 2009, courtesy of Howard Hoople.

Howard writes, "I was idly (and hopelessly!) following a hummingbird clearwing when it, um, landed! I hadnt seen that happen before, but recovered and got this photo.

"I had pretty much decided that they dozed while they hovered! But after I took this picture, I found that occasionally people have been able to get photos of them resting. Id never seen it before, so it was a real treat. Id be delighted for you to use it."

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Hemaris (Dalman, 1816) was Sesia...........
Species: thysbe (Fabricius, 1775)

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