Thursday, April 28, 2011

Moth Mimic

In addition to the avian migrants appearing in Brooklyn parks over the last week, I've also noticed an increase in butterflies and moths. While at Floyd Bennett Field, this Bumblebee Moth (Hemaris diffinis) was spotted feeding on the nectar of dandelion flowers. Up to that point, I'd only ever seen the related Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe). Both are of the "clearwing" family because, unlike other butterflies and moths, they loose the scales on their wings, which is what produces the colors.

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