Hummingbird Clearwing moth
A closer shot provides a clearer view of the moth’s pale yellow legs, a key field marker for identifying H. thysbe.
Sincere thanks to Alonso Abugattas for help in identifying both moths.
It is my [understanding] that Hummingbird Clearwing (H. thysbe) has pale or yellow legs, while Snowberry Clearwing (H. diffinis) has dark or black legs; Slender Clearwing (H. gracilis) has reddish legs. Source Credit: Alonso Abugattas, Natural Resources Manager, Arlington County Parks, Virginia.
Snowberry Clearwing moth
A Snowberry Clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis) was spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Notice the moth has dark or black legs, a key field marker for identifying H. diffinis.
The Snowberry Clearwing never landed for more than an instant. I would describe each landing as a “touch-and-go,” for those readers familiar with aviation and flying.
The face of the Snowberry Clearwing reminds me of Spy vs. Spy, “a wordless comic strip published in Mad magazine.” Do you see the resemblance?
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Tags: Clearwing Moths, Genus Hemaris, Hemaris diffinis, Hemaris thysbe, Hummingbird Clearwing moth, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Mulligan Pond, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Snowberry Clearwing moth