Identifying A Flying Insect - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by QUEENEY63
February 2, 2001
I HAVE SEEN A STRANGE LOOKING FLYING INSECT AROUND MY BUTTERFLY BUSH AND CONTAINER PETUNIAS AND WAS WONDER WHAT KIND IT IS. ITS IS APPROXIMATELY THE SIZE OF A HUMMINGBIRD, IS GREENISH GREY IN COLOR, HAS THE BACK END OF A LOBSTER HAS A CURLING PROBOSCUS LIKE A BUTTERFLY. ANY IDEAS???


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Answer from NGA
February 2, 2001
It is probably one of the assorted larger moths that occasionally fly by day, such as the hummingbird clearwing, the bumblebee hawk and the white-lined sphinx moth. The sphinx moth is often seen in the garden; its larvae are hornworms such as those that attack tomatoes.

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