Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
This Hummingbird moth is in the family Sphingidae, the Hawk moths or Sphinx moths. It’s a large family – about 1,450 species!
As its name implies, this species, as well as other species of hummingbird moths, are known for how fast they fly and their ability to move quickly from side to side when they hover. This ability may have evolved to deal with ambush predators that wait in flowers. Clearwing Hummingbird moths are found in every region of the country.
Photo by Rick Hansen, USFWS