Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

While beautiful, these hummingbird moths are morphological oddities. They make me think of what we might get if we crossed a lobster with a butterfly. I found a couple of nice specimens last summer, and I was stunned by the intricate diversity of their body scales. Each row of setae has a distinctly different shape, forming a repeating pattern following the moth’s abdominal segments. Some of the setae are very iridescent. I could look at these guys for hours.

Here are some older shots of them from a greater distance. I haven’t had many opportunities, and they are so fast. They’re challenging subjects, like their namesake.