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A Day-Flying Moth

When is a  bumblebee not a bumblebee?

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…  when it’s a snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis).

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They hover to feed at flowers. In this case, it’s a sedum just starting to bloom.

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I hope more will stop for a sip.

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.