It's a Bee! It's a Butterfly! No, It's a.....?

@Ruby3881 (2012)
Canada
May 28, 2017 6:53pm CST
Have you ever seen a creature like the one pictured above? One of my friends posted a photo on Facebook of a similar insect today, and I think I've seen these insects around our house too. It is not a bee or a wasp. And despite the almost dragonfly-like wings, it isn't that either. It's a bee mimic. The one in the photo is called a narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth, or Hemaris tityus. But I don't think we live in the right geographical region for it to be that. Does anyone know of a similar insect that lives in the Pacific Northwest region of North America? Image: Flickr user jeffreyw, CC BY 2.0
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment Tags Scientific name: Hemaris tityusA bumble-bee mimic. Flies by day from mid April in some seasons to July. Can be seen feeding at flowers, such as Bugle, louseworts and Marsh Thistle. Can be confused with the
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@jstory07 (67188)
• Roseburg, Oregon
28 May 17
No it is ugly whatever it is. Half bee and half moth.
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@alexjessi (1267)
• Vietnam
29 May 17
haha, Judy! You are always funny
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 May 17
LOL! The one my friend posts was actually pretty. It has a bunch of different colours on its body and is sort of metallic.
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@1creekgirl (10346)
• United States
29 May 17
I haven't seen one of those, but years ago here in NC, we saw something that had the body of a bee and a long beak like a hummingbird.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 May 17
I'm trying to imagine if it was interesting or just grotesque! I wonder what it was?
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 May 17
@1creekgirl It's not so ugly. Some of the pics on Wikipedia were kind of cut, actually
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@paigea (22198)
• Canada
29 May 17
I don't look closely enough to know if I've seen one.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 May 17
The ones we get really buzz around quickly. I'm not at all sure it's the same insect because they are just way too aggressive in their buzzing about for me to want to get close to them!
@paigea (22198)
• Canada
30 May 17
@Ruby3881 I get that.
@alexjessi (1267)
• Vietnam
29 May 17
Idk what to say but it's interesting
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 May 17
It is kinda cool, isn't it?
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@alexjessi (1267)
• Vietnam
30 May 17
@Ruby3881 yeah!! have u ever seen it in real life?
@jaboUK (53953)
• United Kingdom
29 May 17
First of all - how lovely to see you here again Kyla. I haven't seen any of those here in England, but if I did I would probably just think it's a bee. Not now though, as I will be scrutinising any bee-like insects that cross my path.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
29 May 17
It's wonderful to see you too, Janet! Thanks for stopping by The pictured bug apparently exists in Europe. I saw mentions of it in Scotland, but not sure about the rest of the UK.
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@acelawrites (10989)
• Philippines
30 May 17
It looks like a bee, or could it be a "mutant" or a cross between a bee and a butterfly?
@kaka135 (14099)
• Malaysia
30 May 17
Thanks for sharing this. I have no idea what it is. I actually don't know what a wasp is too, I am not sure if we don't have them here, or I just don't know how to differentiate a bee and a wasp. We do have many bees around. I am going to share this with my kids. I think they will be happy to know this.
@LadyDuck (157830)
• Switzerland
29 May 17
I have seen them many times here in Switzerland, I think that they are pretty common in Europe.
@prashu228 (25811)
• India
29 May 17
I never saw anything like this ,half bee and half butterfly..hope you find it out
@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
29 May 17
How odd. I remember when I was about ten and had gone out on the back porch at my grandmother's. I was always out with the animals. A hummingbird moth appeared. It seemed huge. I was scared. I don't know of any other similar insects. Interesting.
@responsiveme (16391)
• India
29 May 17
It's mom was a bee and father a butterfly...So it's a beeturfly