Hummingbird Clearwing — or is it?

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A hummingbird moth drinks from the Monarda
Hummingbird Clearwing shows off its lovely colouring as it feeds at a Monarda flower.
Hummingbird Clearwing shows off its lovely colouring as it feeds at a Monarda flower.

I get a variety of moths, hummingbirds, butterflies. One of these beautiesĀ is coming in some profusion to my Monarda (bee balm) patch this year.

Hummingbird Clearwing feeds at a Monarda (bee balm) flower.
Hummingbird Clearwing feeds at a Monarda (bee balm) flower.

I have had several different hummingbird moths come to the Monarda patch. I imagine they are all clearwings. But I like to think that maybe I have a new species. Yet unclassified. As this is a somewhat under studied moth.

Hey, a guy can hope can’t he?

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