Subject:  Yellow bee fly insect – what is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: 09/17/2017
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

Coffee Bee Hawkmoth

Dear Jiten,
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.

Thanks very much for the prompt response and the great service.
Have a good day.

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

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