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Old Mar 20, 2012, 1:09 PM   #1
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I believe this to be the Clearwing Moth - Hemaris Thysbe, though there are some differences, to the wings (black not red) and legs (black not a light colour) though the rest looks about right for Hemaris Thysbe. Maybe a regional variation to those found in the USA (I used Bug guide as a reference) ? If anyone can confirm that would be great ! These are heavy crops - maybe a little too heavy perhaps !

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#7 - What is this ? A wasp or a mimic ?


Thanks for looking !
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Amazing capture, curious creature.

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Stunning photos. Here we call them butterfly moths. You captured them from all angles. Nicely done!

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No idea what they are, but those transparent wings are cool! I'm sure that someone who knows something about moths will be able to ID them from your pictures.
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Nicely done Kevin, I don't know how much you cropped them but it doesn't show any bad effects and retained great sharpness. My efforts with insects to date have been poor so I know the difficulties involved and you did a great job. That is one strange looking bug.

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If anyone can confirm that would be great ! Thanks for looking !
Hemaris thysbe it is ! A Clearwing Hummingbird Moth.
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Kevin in my previous reply I said butterfly moth and meant hummingbird moth. The brain melts down with time. Strobe is correct. Here is a poor macro that I shot of one to confirm the ID.
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Kevin in my previous reply I said butterfly moth and meant hummingbird moth. The brain melts down with time. Strobe is correct. Here is a poor macro that I shot of one to confirm the ID.
We've been fooled more than once into thinking they were hummers from a distance. What is written is that these little guys are shy and timid, but we have found just the opposite when we have run into them. I have been lucky enough to get up on them pretty close. They shuuure like the rhodies !
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Amazing capture, curious creature.

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Thanks Rodney - I love the little wonders and get really excited when I see one !

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Stunning photos. Here we call them butterfly moths. You captured them from all angles. Nicely done!

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Thank you Lou ! This one really liked those flowers (no idea what they are) that grow in the reed beds.

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No idea what they are, but those transparent wings are cool! I'm sure that someone who knows something about moths will be able to ID them from your pictures.
They really are cool little creatures.

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Nicely done Kevin, I don't know how much you cropped them but it doesn't show any bad effects and retained great sharpness. My efforts with insects to date have been poor so I know the difficulties involved and you did a great job. That is one strange looking bug.

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Thank you Hans, these are each maybe 1/10 of the real estate of each shot. Shot with the DA*300 at around 5 - 7 yds.

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Hemaris thysbe it is ! A Clearwing Hummingbird Moth.
Thank you for the confirmation Strobe. Interesting regional differences.

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Kevin in my previous reply I said butterfly moth and meant hummingbird moth. The brain melts down with time. Strobe is correct. Here is a poor macro that I shot of one to confirm the ID.
Nice shot Lou. You can really see the difference between the Hemaris thysbe over here and your Hemaris thysbe. Yours has light coloured legs, ours has dark. Yours has red tinges to the wings, whilst ours has black, the red banding on yours is at the rear end whilst on ours it is higher up on the abdomen with a lighter band next to the 'tail' and so on. Minor but important points and that's why I wasn't sure it was the same Hemaris Thysbe or not.

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We've been fooled more than once into thinking they were hummers from a distance. What is written is that these little guys are shy and timid, but we have found just the opposite when we have run into them. I have been lucky enough to get up on them pretty close. They shuuure like the rhodies !
They sure are timid over here - probably worried about ending up in the pot !
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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.
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