Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mystery bug is identified

I saw this little guy for the first time ever. Apparently it is a hummingbird moth. This particular type is a Snowberry Clearwing. It has a fury body that resembles a bumble bee and has a long straw-like proboscis to sip nectar. It does not sting. It flies like a humming bird and unlike other moths, it is readily seen during the daylight hours near gardens and meadows.  According to my research, this little guy is much further north than its typical habitat range. The one map I looked at said this species is rarely seen past the US/Canadian border.  Like I said, in 30 years of coming up to Red Lake, I have never seen one before. Very cool!

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