Clearwing moth

It looks a bit like a bumblebee and is sometimes mistaken for a half-grown hummingbird, but it’s actually a snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis). The moth is native to pockets around the U.S., but not very common to our area. The way it flies and drinks nectar from flowers earns it the common name “hummingbird moth” and the body shape earns it the other common name “lobster moth.” This male clearwing was spotted on the pavement in Chetek on Wednesday, July 22.

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