Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

By William T. Hathaway

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Clearwing moths are quite variable in body color; my illustrated specimen is darker in color than most species which have yellowish-green body colors. These moths, which are often misidentified by casual observation as true hummingbirds, should be readily recognized as moths due to their small size and obvious extended antennae.

The Pink Azalea, also known as the Pinxter-Flower or Bush-Honeysuckle, is a favorite flowering plant visited by Clearwing Moths in March thru May. During favorable weather conditions it seems to me that Clearwings are numerous and appear regularly — that is, if one has patience in keeping watch on the Pink Azalea flowering bush.


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