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Old Mar 23, 2012, 8:27 AM   #11
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Great shots, I love those moths!

Pretty sure 7 is a proper wasp, but can't help identify it, there's nothing like that over here for me to compare it with.
Thanks Ashley !
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These are great photos of a very beautiful insect. I'm glad others were able to help with the identification, because I had no idea.
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These are great photos of a very beautiful insect. I'm glad others were able to help with the identification, because I had no idea.
Thank you Mtnman !

As an update to this a gentleman on another forum has indicated that this is in fact a Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth - Hemaris Diffinis.
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Kevin - Some of the best Clearwing photos I've seen - you have a great eye as well as quick reflexes!

If you want to be sure of the identification, you might want to check out this website:
http://tpittaway.tripod.com/china/

The genus Hemaris is about halfway down the page. and neither Hemaris diffinis nor Hemaris thysbe is listed as native to China. (both are found here in East Tennessee, and your photos don't look exactly like either).
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Thank you very much for the info Mole. Sorry I didn't see this reply before for some reason !

ID ing this creature is becoming a lot more difficult than I imagined !
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