Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Beautiful Bug!
Hello! I live right outside of Baltimore, Maryland and have seen this beautiful bug over the past few days, but today is the first time I could get a picture. It looks like just a lobster and moves quickly, so it was hard to get a good shot. Unfortunately, you can’t see the whole bug, but it has a long, thin proboscis and very thin and delicate legs. The green furry part is quite striking! I’ve searched to identify it, but can’t find it. Any help is appreciated.

Hi Denise,
We always try to keep a photo of one of the Sphinx Moths in the genus Hemaris on our homepage during the summer as we get so many identification requests. This is a Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, and your photo is quite nice. They are often mistaken for Hummingbirds, Bees and some people liken them to flying shrimp.

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