We are pleased to announce the winner of our Monday Nature Mystery, Ellie Serrao. (Please email your snail mail address and preference for a hat or tote bag to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) ).
Congratulations to Ellie for identifying the Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis). This moth is a bumblebee mimic and is sometimes referred to as the Hummingbird Moth because its flight resembles that of a Hummingbird! They even emit an audible hum like hummingbirds. According to the U.S. Forest Service ([link removed]) , this species is often found on phlox (Phlox), beebalm (Monarda), honeysuckle (Lonicera), or verbena (Verbena). Caterpillars create their cocoons in the leaf litter - so this neat bumblebee mimic is another good reason to leave the leaves!
Last Week's mystery: Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) Photo: Judy Gallagher
Each Monday we’ll post a new photo and identify the previous week’s winner. They’ll receive an ASNV hat or tote bag.
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Please remember to write the common name, being mindful of hyphens, uppercase and lowercase letters and always include the Latin name in parentheses. To learn more about bird names click here ([link removed]) .
Who is this? Photo: Judy Gallagher
This week’s Mystery: Who is this?
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