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Hummingbird Moth - Hemaris thetis

Hummingbird Moth - Hemaris thetis
Colville/White Mud Lake, Stevens County, Washington, USA
May 22, 2006
Size: Approximately 1"
This guy was sitting on a leaf in my flowerbed. I have no idea what he is, I've never seen one quite like him before. His wings look like filagree.


Hummingbird moth
It is one of the hummingbird moths, somebody more knowledgeable than me will be able to tell you the species with such clear photo, in the meantime check Hemaris

I vote for this one, Snowberry Clearwing
Hemaris diffinis

Snowberry Clearwing
Hannah, I think that's it! You're right! It looks exactly like your photo, except the color markings on its back are slightly different pattern. Thank you for your help!

You're welcome
I can't take credit for the image though - it's Patrick Coin's - clicking on the thumbnail will show you the details.

Snowberry Clearwing
Well, Kudos to Patrick for the photo, and thanks to you for passing it on. It looks like these are common in moderate climates- I live in the northeastern part of WA state, have never seen one before. Do you know if they're relatively common here as well?

Judging by the number of images we have
I'd say its fairly common in the states. Yours is only the second from WA, though (that may be a reflection of our users rather than its scarcity). See data map. I'll move this one to the guide.

Hummingbird Moth
Thank you for your help in identifying this hummingbird moth! I'll certainly read up on it now that I know what I'm looking for. Thanks!

Looks like...

Hummingbird Moth ID
Thank you too, Tony! Much appreciated!

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