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Old 01-17-2014, 06:57 PM   #11
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Some lay their eggs on Elms and Cherry

Another favorite is the Black Haw Viburnum
Cool, I've got wild cherry and elm...and I plan to add Viburnums.

...I'm considering pawpaw...but I might be a little out of its range.
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:04 AM   #12
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I think what we've been calling hummingbird moth is the snowberry clearwing; it's some sort of clearwing moth, anyway.
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Yes I've always been told that the hummingbird moth is a clearwing moth.
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Yeah, the moth I'm thinking of is diurnal...as far as I know. I really have to get used to looking at scientific names of animals (and plants more often than I usually do).
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Yes I've always been told that the hummingbird moth is a clearwing moth.
That is what I was thinking of when I read the article...

From Hemaris thysbe, the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth :
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In Canada, single-brooded Hemaris thysbe stock flies in June and July. On June 1, 1999 (early spring), I captured two Hemaris thysbe nectaring on blackberry blossoms here on Prince Edward Island, Canada. These Hummingbird clearwings were on the wing from mid to late June in 2000 (more typical weather).
I was surprised to see that they go to blackberry blossoms...nice to know that they provide nectar like that...not being a tubular flower.
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yes it is good to know that they like blackberry blossoms
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I think what we've been calling hummingbird moth is the snowberry clearwing; it's some sort of clearwing moth, anyway.

Hummingbird Moth -Snowberry Clearwing -Hemaris diffinis Celebrating Wildflowers - Pollinator of the Month - Hummingbird Moth
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These day-flying moths (more abundant in the west) are widespread in North America.
Hummingbird Clearwing - Hemaris thysbe hummingbird moth
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Unlike most moths, is seen on clear, sunny days. The red coloration on this hummingbird moth readily identifies it as a hummingbird clear wing.
Hawk moths and sphinx moths Also resemble the humming birds... Macroglossum stellatarum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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They fly during the day, but ALSO at dusk,[1] dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths!
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That leaf litter so hated by some gardeners provides a shelter to this beautiful pollinator.
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Hummingbird Clearwing - Hemaris thysbe hummingbird moth
This is the one I think I've seen.
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That leaf litter so hated by some gardeners provides a shelter to this beautiful pollinator.


Nice reminder. I have a lot of leaf litter--I always rake it into my beds near the house, and let it lay in the more natural areas of the property.

This year, I even trucked in (with my car) a LOT of bagged leaves.
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Good for you.....I leaf mine on too at least until the bulbs start popping through. Then I must rake them free. Too bad. Hopefully it was left alone long enough for things to survive the Winter. Now if only I could only get in the frame of mind to let the resting leaves be.
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I'll have to dredge out my photo files and look for the red to see which moth I have. I generally see it near the honeysuckle, though.

Most of our leaf litter is in the back--but there's plenty of it!
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