Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
This moth looked like it was about 100 years old. I spotted it early this morning resting on bee balm in a garden. It was definitely alive, but was moving very slowly. Usually, hummingbird moths are very fast and although their appearance is variable, their thorax is generally olive in color dorsally and pale yellow ventrally. Their abdomens are usually dark burgundy dorsally and ventrally with light olive/dark golden patches dorsally. Wings are mostly clear with reddish brown terminal borders.
''Hemaris thysbe'', commonly known as the Hummingbird Clearwing, is a moth of the Sphingidae family. Coloration varies between individuals, but typically the moth is olive green and burgundy on its back, and white or yellow and burgundy on the underside. Its wings are transparent with a reddish brown border. It has light colored legs, which combined with the lack of striping on the underside is diagnostic. Beating its wings rapidly, ''H. thysbe'' hovers to collect nectar from a variety of flowers... more