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Mystery Bee - Hemaris diffinis

Mystery Bee - Hemaris diffinis
Fort St John, North Peace Region, British Columbia, Canada
May 6, 2015
I have never seen a bee that looked like this, he reminded me of a hummingbird, he quite calmly had its fill from the lilac before flying away, and whats with the fluffy? feather like hind end ? The wings were quite interestingly shaped, it almost appeared it had a beard as well...

Moved from Hemaris thetis.

Kyhl, what is the support fot this move?
It is explained under H. thetis info that western species are thetis rather than diffinis

I saw that, but I'm going with Dr. Schmidt's opinion on this.

this is diffinis, not thetis
this is diffinis, not thetis

Diffinis in BC?
Does this species make it that far west?

yes, in the Peace River grass
yes, in the Peace River grasslands it does, since that's east of the continental divide.


BG first for BC.
Moved from ID Request.

ID: Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)
This is a moth. It looks like a bee and flies like a hummingbird.

Not a bee
It's a clearwing moth, Hemaris sp.

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