or Snowberry Clearwing, or Hummingbird Moth. This accidental post arose because Mr. Nature had his eye behind the lens again. He was out taking photos of the flowers and all the many types of bee we now have circling and hovering. Except, upon closer inspection, this was clearly not a type of bee I had ever seen.I first noticed the very long proboscis on this one, and then on another photo, I noticed the very hummingbird-like pointed wings. If you click on these photos, they will enlarge in a window so you can see the insect more closely. So, naturally, I did a search for "hummingbird bee" (because I still thought it was some sort of bee). Results revealed that it is actually a moth!According to the University of Arkansas, there are four species of moth in the U.S. of the genus Hemaris. They are a daytime flying moth, rather than flying at night like other moths. They are a "big pollinator" and range over much of the U.S. and Canada. The larvae are, apparently, like normal green hornworms, but smaller in size. These moths can be found in gardens all over, and especially like snowberry, dogbane, honeysuckle, and dwarf bush honeysuckle.
I will now be on the lookout for these amazing insects that I hadn't known existed. Have you spotted on in your neighborhood?