Close cousin to the Snowberry Clearwing (also called a bumblebee moth) , the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth leaves no doubt as to the origins of its common name.
Beyond their shared love of nectar, the resemblance to its avian namesake includes body scales which appear quite featherlike, right down to its remarkably bird-like "tail feathers".
Unlike the yellow and black pattern of the bumblebee clearwing, the green and maroon color scheme of this nectar-lover further reinforces the hummingbird theme.
As summer comes to a close, the action is fast and furious at the butterfly bush. We'll keep our eyes open for other lepidoptera in the next few weeks.