17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Clearwing moth, Hemaris thysbe

Clearwing moth is often referred to as a hummingbird moth. This one was feeding on a bee balm flower. These moths hover near flowers, much like an avian hummingbird, and then extend their lengthy proboscis into the flower to extract nectar. These moths are active during the day, not night, like many other moths.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: Dedham, Massachusetts, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Michael Ross