Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Snowberry clearwings (Hemaris diffinis) are actually a day-flying moth.

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This one must have emerged this morning. It moved a little, but didn’t try to fly while I took pictures.

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They resemble bumblebees and hover as they feed. Bumble bees land to feed, often crawling up in tube flowers.

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I’ve found their caterpillars on a red honeysuckle near my garden three years ago. They also lay eggs on snowberry (Symphoricarpos), dogbane (Apocynum), and honeysuckle (Lonicera).

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Their hornworm caterpillars are well camouflaged when they’re on leaves.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Great captures.

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  2. I like the furriness of that moth. Too bad that caterpillar has to eat the blossoms! I found one that looked a lot like that one on a lilac last year.

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  3. Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for sharing:)

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