Bug of the Week: Hummingbird clearwing

This week, I chose one of my favourite insects: the hummingbird clearwing. This species has beautifully clear wings, a fuzzy green-and-brown body, and an exceptionally long proboscis that allows them to feed on flowers while hovering. If you find individuals on a cold morning, you can pick them up gently from the vegetation and watch them warm up in your hand before flying away. The first time I saw one of these as a kid, I was convinced it was a baby hummingbird – it wasn’t. For more information on these charismatic insects, follow through to the dedicated Bugguide page.





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