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Snowberry Clearwing - Hemaris diffinis

Snowberry Clearwing - Hemaris diffinis
Taney County, Missouri, USA
If I do this correctly this time, this is my first post to this site. This photo of a Hummingbird Moth? was taken last spring (May?) in SW Missouri. I am looking for a return this year, there were a half/dozen visiting for a few days and this was the first time I have seen the like. Is there a name I can add for this one? Will they return?
April 27, 2004

Al Askevold

Nice photo, and we look forward to more of your posts.

Troy's right, it's good to put a date with these since that will help others know when these are likely to be flying. I see the moth is visiting lilac. Is mid-May about right for lilacs in your part of Missouri?

Once again, welcome.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

Thanks for the welcome. I will try to document my photos better in the future. I have a dwarf japanese lilac, when in bloom it is alive with butterflies, bees and such. It is a long way off from bloom right now and I will be keeping an eye on it.


You did it right :)
I think this must be a Snowberry Clearwing. This particular species mimics a bumblebee. I would bet you'll see them again.

Congrats, you put Missouri on the map.

I changed the date from April 30 to mid-May since you were guessing that was the month.

Correct date!
I should have checked this, the date of the photo file is 28 April 2005. Most wildlife photos I name by date, this one got by.


interesting that you say the image is from last spring, but you have an apr 28, 2005!! date

That was a typo, sorry. It should have been 28 April 2004.


Date corrected
Date corrected

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