Wow! What is that?

It’s a bird, it’s a moth, it’s a bee, no…it’s a Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth!  That’s right.  It’s a moth that can fly like a hummingbird!  This moth can actually hover and drink nectar from flowers.  It looks like a cross between a bee and a moth and flies like a bird.  How cool is that?

Hawk Moth

I found one near my home and it was kind enough to let me get close and take some photos.

Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth

It is part of the Sphingidae family.  Other common names in this family are hawk moths, sphinx moths, and horn worms.

Hummingbird moth

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Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice!

OK so it’s not Beetle Juice and no he won’t show up if you say his name three times.  But this bugger showed up outside of my house today.  He is about an inch long and very ferocious.  I don’t see them this size that often.  Can anybody identify him?  Or at least name him for me!