Weirdest bug I’ve ever seen!
Attached are a few high resolution pictures that I took at my friend’s house in Southern Illinois on Saturday, June 25th. As you can see in the pictures, the flying thing stayed close to the petunias and hovered just like a hummingbird does, flapping it’s wings very quickly, making them a blur (but it was NOT a hummingbird). The body of it was as big as my thumb, and it had black antannaes and a weird "tail"–kind of like a shrimp. It was also very silent–not buzzing like a bee or a wasp. I’d love to know what the heck this is, just to satisfy my curiousity. Thanks for any info you can provide!
We’ve been getting numerous photos recently of Hummingbird Moth, and the species most often confused with the hummingbird is the Common Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, one of the Sphinx or Hawkmoths.