Subject: Can you identify this bug?
Location: Western Tokyo, Japan
May 27, 2012 3:08 am
I found this winged bug on the side of a wall in Tokyo in late May this year, 2012. I think it might be a cicada, but I’ve never seen one this color before. I’ve attached an image and hope that it can be identified! Thanks!
Diurnal Sphinx Moths in the family Sphingidae are often collectively called Hummingbird Moths because they are often mistaken for hummingbirds as they hover before flowers imbibing from the nectar. Your moth is Cephonodes hylas. You may read more about the life cycle of this species on the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic website.
Thank you for your quick reply and identification! Your site and service is amazing!