Hummingbird imposters in my flower garden

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

While photographing hummingbirds in my flower garden, I’ve come across two smaller imposters.  In fact, these moths are so fast, that it’s hard to get a good look as they feed on the bee balm in the garden.  Several people over the years have asked me about their little, but strange-looking hummingbirds.  Until I photographed them for this blog, I didn’t realize that we were actually hosting two different species of Clearwing.   The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth has white legs and a rusty-red abdomen.  The Snowberry Clearwing moth has black legs and more black on the thorax and abdomen.  They are amazing animals and interesting to watch.

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, white legs.

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Snowberry Clearwing Moth, black legs and abdomen

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Notice how the flower can be seen right through the wings of the moth.  There are a few veins of his wings showing, but there are no scales on the clear parts which make them look transparent.

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

As I am just dabbling in areas other than birds, I welcome your comments and corrections!  Keep your eyes peeled for these fascinating creatures!

Lauren Shaffer

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