Moth or Bumblebee?

People commonly confuse snowberry clearwing moths with bumble bees.

Snowberry clearwing moths hover as they feed.

Bumble bees land and will crawl inside larger flowers.

Snowberry clearwings (Hemaris diffinis) are a day-flying moth that mimic bumble bees. Their wingspan measures 1 1/4 to 2 inches wide. They can be found in a variety of open habitats, and lay their eggs on snowberry, honeysuckle, cherry and plum.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on August 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Bravo!!! another great job!


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