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Insects/Bugs/Bees/Butterflies - Hawk Moth
Class:Insecta Order:Lepidoptera Family:Sphingidae

Stumbled on this Hawk Moth under a Bee Balm leaf. Quite startling. I think that I read that it is in the same family as the Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. A month later, the previous sentence is confirmed! I was out looking at the garden just after the sun went down and saw what I thought was a large hummingbird in the Rose Of Sharon. The odd thing was that it had a proboscis instead of a beak so I knew then it was the Hawk Moth. It actually flew over in front of my face before leaving the garden, just like a proper hummingbird. The bush it was feeding on is just 2 yards away from where I photographed it last month.

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