Sunday, June 14, 2015

Rocky Mountain Clearwing Moth

Rocky Mountain moth (c) John Ashley
The bee mimic is actually a Rocky Mountain moth
Floats like a butterfly, but doesn't sting like a bee. The Rocky Mountain clearwing MOTH ("Hemaris thetis") is a harmless, day-flying bee mimic. The adult moths nectar on flowers, including kinnikinnick and lupine species. But unlike bees, which land on the flowers to feed, clearwing moths hover while feeding. Their caterpillars specialize on honeysuckle and snowberry. Just over one month 'till 2015 National Moth Week, July 18-26!