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Chicago IL
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Jul 18, 2016 7:40 PM CST
The images below are a fluttering bug or beetle of sorts, that seemed to been pollinating the larkspur. Can anyone identify this critter and if it's of any value to the garden. Thank you.
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Name: Sue
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Jul 23, 2016 5:15 AM CST
It looks like a moth in the Sphingidae family, a hawk or sphinx moth:
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Name: Diana Black
Dripping Springs, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Aug 1, 2016 12:56 AM CST
I think it may be Hemaris thysbe, commonly known as the Hummingbird Clearwing. They are great pollinators.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Aug 5, 2016 5:00 PM CST
And... They eat those nasty Japanese honeysuckle vines in their caterpillar form!
I'm always thrilled to see the clearing hummingbird moth.... Like you, I shoot pictures until it flies off...
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Aug 5, 2016 7:31 PM CST
I was hunting for monarchs yesterday when this thing flew by me, I jumped back a bit, and my forearm failed into a fresh purple thistle, thank you birdbug.

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