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July 22, 2010
Dan,
I have never seen this bug before but I am sure you have??? It
is about 1/3 longer than a bumblebee and the same color but its wings
are different and go about 1,000 times a second. The pic shows it with
a bumblebee.
These pics were taken July 17,2010o, in Lawrenceville,GA
Thanks. Have a great day,
Ferd Hall

Bumblebee Moth

Hi Ferd,
There are three moths in the genus
Hemaris that Bill Oehlke lists as ranging in Georgia, and they all look similar and we sometimes have difficulty distinguishing them from one another.  We are going to take a bit of artistic license and say that your individual is a Bumblebee Moth or Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris diffinis, based on comparisons with the images posted to Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.  We are also amused that you have a photo of the Bumblebee Moth with a Bumble Bee for comparison.

Bumble Bee and Bumblebee Moth

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One Response to Bumblebee Moth

  1. Audrey says:

    Hi, Ferd!

    I just saw these for the first time this summer, once on a flower I was trying to put in the car at the garden center, and the little guy didn’t want to leave it alone :). I finally got away with flower, sans bug. However, I’ve now seen these visiting my own flower garden on several occasions.

    I’m glad I’ve now got photo confirmation (your photo is exactly the species I’ve seen), because when I tried to describe this critter to a friend, he asked what I’d been smoking! :D

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