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