Hummingbird Clearwing

Subject: What is this bug or bird?
Location: Doylestown, Pa
August 4, 2016 8:15 am
We have this creature flying around our butterfly bush and my 5 year old daughter loves to catch butterflies in her net and look and admiring then setting them free but we caught this amazing insect bird? Please tell us. Of course just took couple pictures then set it free.
Signature: Bird, bug, you tell me

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

This is a Hummingbird Clearwing moth, Hemaris thysbe.  According to the Sphingidae of the Americas site:  “Hummingbird Clearwing Moth or Common Clearwing (wingspan 38-50 mm), readily visits flowers by day throughout the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada … . It is not difficult to see why many gardeners would mistake an Hemaris thysbe moth for a small hummingbird as it hovers, sipping nectar from flowers through a long feeding tube.  The moth hovers briefly, sipping for only a few seconds before darting off to a new flower. Green body “fur” and burgundy wing scales suggest a small ruby throated hummingbird.”

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