Was that a hummingbird?!
Location: NE Georgia mountains
August 14, 2010 6:58 pm
At first that’s what we thought, then realized it is a bit too small (about 2-1/2 inches. But it was on our petunias and another flower, grabbing nectar like a butterfly, never stopped beating its wings. Appeared harmless enough. We are in the mountains of NE Georgia (USA), August.
We just finished posting another photo of this hummingbird impersonator. It is a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Hemaris thysbe.
correction re Hummingbird Clearwing
August 14, 2010 9:50 pm
the photos today (Aug. 14th) that you ID’ed as Snowberry Clearwing actually appear to be Hemaris thysbe, often called a Hummingbird Clearwing. According to BugGuide.net, the correct binomial for Snowberry Clearwing is Hemaris diffinis.
It’s the one without the combo of rust and light green. Thanks for maintaining your site, it must be a lot of work!
regards, Dave Fallow in Madison WI