Snowberry Clearwing

Snowberry Clearwing Visits Bee Balm

The snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) so closely resembles a hummingbird in flight that it is also referred to as a hummingbird moth. Unlike many moths, it is a day-time flyer and can be a frequent visitor to gardens filled with an attractive selection of native plants. It specializes in long-necked flowers like this bee balm (Monarda fistulosa), where it uses its long thin proboscis to access the nectar reward. The snowberry in its name comes from one of the host plants for its larvae, the trailing shrubs in the genus Symphoricarpos, or snowberries.

Location: Garden in Goshen, Massachusetts

Photo ©
Claudia Thompson