Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island--Jeremy B. Tatum



Hemaris thysbe

Thysbe Bee Hawk Moth




The caterpillar feeds on Snowberry. The photographs show the usual green variety and an unusual brown variety. The moths look so like bees that I have had people doubt my ability to distinguish a moth from a bee when I have pointed out a bee hawk moth and insisted that it was a moth. They fly during the hottest days of the summer, and hover before a flower while taking nectar with their long proboscis - unlike a bumble bee, which settles on the flower.

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