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Hemaris gracilis

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  • Naturalized collection
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal (René Limoges)

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Description

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This butterfly is remarkable in many ways. It is commonly called the “hummingbird clearwing” because it flies in place while feeding on nectar, just like hummingbirds do. They are also known as the “bumblebee sphinx” because of the colouring of their wings and bodies. Unlike most sphinx butterflies, this one is diurnal.

Country of origin

Canada
Scientific name
Hemaris gracilis
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Sphingidae

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