What is it?
Snowberry clearwing, courtesy Christopher Johnson Insects Unlocked project, U of Texas CC0 1.0 This adorable insect’s scientific name is Hemaris diffinis. It’s also known as common clearwing, bumblebee moth, hummingbird moth and quite possibly more. A lot of names for such a small critter: 32-51mm / 1.3-2in. Found in North America, though not Mexico, likely because its geographical range is mostly on the eastern half of the United States and Canada. Hummingbird clearwing, courtesy Shenandoah National Park CC0 1.0 Having said that, its cousin the hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) has a sizable presence in California and may decide to head south soon enough. It’s between 40–55mm / 1.6–2.2in. Besides colour, you can identify one from the other by their legs: the snowberry clearwing is the