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What a nice read. I knew little about these moths- you enlightened me!
Aside from the Buddleia for nectar, do you think you have a lot of host plants near you?
Oh, excellent photography too!
Yes very nice. I have had several of them in my garden for the past two years. They don't act afraid of us humans as I have gotten very close to them while they are feeding. Seems like they perfer white colered flowers to me. Thanks for a great artical.
They like Prunus species for host plants and we have lots of wild cherry and plum trees. Locust is also on their list and our woods are full as is honeysuckle...plenty of host material there. They love my white Buddleja best (I have two other colors that they visit too) and they like pentas, salvia and monarda. I'd have to say those are their favorite plants, but I've seen them nectaring at most anything in my garden.
I saw my first Snowberry Clearwing this year. I didn't know what it was so I posted my photo of it on Facebook and my cousin identified it for me. I was enchanted by it and looked for it again but it never came back. Maybe next year!
pattyd17, you have the Hemaris thysbe clearwing moth. It has light colored legs as opposed to the Hemaris diffinis snowberry clearwing with dark legs...they are very closely related. I didn't have any images of your moth to show, so I really appreciate the ones you've posted...thanks!