Subject: Yellow bee fly insect – what is it?
Geographic location of the bug: Johannesburg, South Africa
Time: 07:43 AM EDT
Hi. I saw this in my garden on 9th September; it’s the start of Spring here. I’ve never seen one before. Can someone identify it?
How you want your letter signed: Jiten Singh
This is a Coffee Bee Hawkmoth, Cephonodes hylas, a species found in many parts of Asia, Africa and Australia. We found it pictured on FlickR and BioDiversity Explorer. This is a diurnal species that can easily be confused with a large bee or a hummingbird.
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