Location: 11768 (Fort Salonga, NY)
August 10, 2010 9:54 pm
This beautiful mothlike creature, which looked like a crayfish with wings, was fluttering around my butterfly bush (buddleia, 8/6/09). The sound of its wings resembled that of a card stuck in bicycle spokes (it flew continuously while gathering nectar). I’d love to know what it was!
Nancy M. Hollinshead
Though we already responded personally with a brief identification, upon rereading your email, we love your vivid description of both the appearance and sound, so we decided to post your letter and fine photograph of a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Hemaris thysbe, so that our readership will know that if they hear the sound of a card stuck in bicycle spokes while in the garden, there may be a specimen nearby. You may read more about the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.