Harriet - Glad you enjoyed the 'flies! That cheap old lens amazes me with its clarity and color rendition...
MtnMan - So glad you enjoyed both the insects and the nature "lesson." You are correct - Zebra Swallowtails do not frequent the far north. Their caterpillars must have Paw Paw trees for food, and Paw Paw is a southern species. Here's some more information (including a distribution map at the bottom of the page):
GW - Thanks!
Kevin - So glad you liked these. Those Hummingbird Moths are definitely a challenge (for me) - usually get one good shot for a dozen terrible ones...
Marc - Thanks so much for your very kind comments. Yes, we have PLENTY of Zebra Swallowtails here in East Tennessee - because we have plenty of Paw Paw thickets.
You are correct, these are Snowberry Clearwings (Hemaris diffinis
). The other species here in East Tennessee is Hemaris thysbe
, and it has pale yellowish legs.