Richard L. Molay
rlmolay at gte.net
Thu Aug 7 22:40:54 EDT 1997
Your creature is a "Hummingbird Moth" sometimes called "Common
Clearwing" and known officially as Hemaris thysbe.
There's a beautiful color photo and a good descriptive text in THE
AUDOBON SOCIETY FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN INSECTS AND SPIDERS. I am
looking at the 1980 edition, ISBN:0-394-50763-0. The photo is plate
#569 and the text is on page 778.
It isn't uncommon around here (near Tampa, Florida,) and it fools a lot
of people who think they are watching a hummingbird.
By the way, if you don't have the field guide mentioned above, you
should seriously consider buying a copy. Identification of most insects
is fairly easy with this well-produced book.
I wish everyone would take the trouble, as you did, to identify the
insects they "discover."
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