Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Moth?
Location: Northern Virginia
April 5, 2011 12:15 pm
I took this photo last year in the Leesburg area of Virginia.
What I found odd about this ”bug” is that it flew like a humming bird. Very fast wings and it would hover over flowers and drink from them.
Can you tell me what this is?
Signature: AZ

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Hi AZ,
This is a Hummingbird Clearwing, one of several diurnal Sphinx Moths that are often confused for hummingbirds.  You can see the Sphingidae of the Americas website for additional information.

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