Hummingbird Clearwing

Subject:  Unknown bug/moth/bee/fly
Geographic location of the bug:  Rothesay New Brunswick Canada
Date: 08/06/2019
Time: 07:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please see pictures of the strangest bug I’ve ever seen. No one we’ve showed pictures to knows what it is!
Pictures taken this week (summer Atlantic Canada)
How you want your letter signed:  D. Gregory

Hummingbird Clearwing

Dear D. Gregory,
This is one of the diurnal Sphinx Moths in the genus
Hemaris, and according to Sphingidae of the Americas, there are four possible species that are found in New Brunswick.  Based on images posted to Sphingidae of the Americas, we strongly suspect your individual is a Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe.  We want to commend you on your excellent images from three different camera angles.  Diurnal Sphinx Moths are often mistaken for small hummingbirds.

Hummingbird Clearwing
Hummingbird Clearwing
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