Humdinger of a Moth

Donna Winter (Class of 2016) emailed this wonderful photo of a clearwing hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe) in her garden in Canada — in honor of National Moth Week.  This day-active moth is found throughout most of Canada and the eastern U.S.  Its wing are clear where scales are not present.

In warmer parts of Florida, this hummingbird mimic moth reproduces all year.  Among its host plants are honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.), viburnum (Viburnum sp.), and cherries (Prunus sp.).

Cherry laurel (Prunus caroliniana) grows in the mesic hammock at Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) and blooms in the late winter/spring …

May we see some clearwing hummingbird moths at ORCA!