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    Garden Critter ID

    Sorry, but I missed getting a picture of this one, but I figured one of you might recognize the description.

    It is sort of like a moth crossed with a bumble bee and about the size of a bumble bee. His wings fluttered very fast and he drank and drank the nectar from my pink pentas.

    The distinguishing marks are two thick rings of bright, almost neon yellow at the end of his tail. His body is thick and fuzzy, and his wings small, but very fast.

    I came inside to get my camera and when I got back, he was GONE!

    Any ideas on this one? I don't recall seeing one like this before.
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    I believe you have just described the Snowberry Clearwing Sphinx Hummingbird Moth.

    Take a look and if that's not it, we'll keep looking.

    http://www.birds-n-garden.com/snowbe...ird_moths.html
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    Oh, My Goodness!

    I sure wish I could have gotten a picture.

    That is close, but not quite. It has the same shape, and it hovered and fed like a hummingbird, but the body was mostly brown with two vivid yellow rings on the tail. I'd know it if you can fnd it.
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    http://whatsthatbug.com/clearwing_moth.html

    Here is a location that you can check out. Maybe one of them will fit the bill. They are Sphinx or Hawk moths. By the way, many of them are those nasty horn worms we find on our tomatoes and Daturas. But then, so are butterfly's.
    Tom W
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    Tom,

    The two yellow rings around the lower body are like vivid, bright yellow wedding bands. They are very bright yellow.

    I have never seen one like this before, but I bet you can find one, can't you?
    Ann B.
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    Hawk Moth

    One of the Hawk Moths is actually called the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. I have seen this once in SC.

    Here is a link:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummingbird_hawk_moth

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    Ah, yes!!!!! Thanks to both of you!

    We are starting to get closer. I clicked on one of the links and found one that looks very similar with the exception of the tail and the yellow stripes.

    There is a reference in the following link to a 'lobster' tail, and indeed that is what the one I saw looked like. That and the two bright yellow, neon stripes are the primary difference in what I saw and the picture in the link. Also, the wings were moving too fast for me to see them clearly.

    Here is the link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemaris
    Ann B.
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    When you have a few minutes to spare, explore some of the great pictures and articles in the following link:

    http://howardfamilyhomepage.net/page5b.html

    If you see one that looks similar to your's, then click on the picture and you will open a really neat series of pictures and information on it. You will want to maximize the window because these are really good, large, closeup pictures.
    Tom W
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    Oh, Thank YOU, Tom!

    I enjoyed the show, and although I have seen the pink winged one before (fascinating to watch), I still do not see one with the yellow rings/bands around the tail.

    It is definitely a hummingbird moth, though....

    Maybe, just maybe, I will see another one like this and have the camera ready.
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    Here is a different one for you. I just happened upon it while taking a picture of a nearby daylily.
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    I've seen that last one numerous times in the same area of my garden.

    Here's another that we see quite a bit. This particular one is a beautiful blue. Hunter spotted him right away.
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    There appear to be lots of different kinds of hummingbird moths here this year. Perhaps they have always been around, but I'm simply more aware of them now.

    Here's Tom's site again with pictures of numerous kinds...

    http://whatsthatbug.com/clearwing_moth.html

    They are certainly fun to watch!


    Thanks, Tom!
    Ann B.
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    More Garden Critters

    These are everywhere, but I didn't realize how much they like the butterfly weed blooms....
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    and they like P. Incense...
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    I don't know if the rest of you are pestered by these, but they are 'Love Bugs'.
    Ann B.
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