Daily Archives: August 6, 2018

Clearwing Moth

Clearwing Moth on Blazing Star, Kennebunk Plains WMA, Maine

These photos of a Clearwing Moth are some of my “most wanted” photos over the past few years. I saw my first Clearwing about 5 years ago here in Maine, and I have chased several in the years since, but never managed a good photo. When it happens it happens! And on Northern Blazing Star too, one of the rarest flowers in Maine, and threatened nationally. As to which Clearwing this is, Snowberry Clearwing or Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris Diffinis or Hemaris Thysbe) I am not expert enough to know. Both are possible in southern Maine. Snowberry is more likely, but this looks more like a Hummingbird Moth from the pictures I have been able to find on the web. Any help would be appreciated from those who know. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/1000th @ f4.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic. You can tell how fast the wings beat…1/1000th did not quite stop them. 🙂