Is There Such A Thing As A Hummingbird Moth. The most familiar ones are the snowberry clearwing (hemaris diffinis) and the hummingbird clearwing (hemaris thysbe). In insects this tongue is called a “proboscis”.
Yes, indeed there is such a thing. Although the wings of clearwing moths are initially covered in scales like those of other moths, after the first few flights the scales fall off, leaving the wing panels transparent. Loathed by gardeners, the tomato or tobacco hornworm caterpillar that you see munching on your tomato plants will eventually morph into a hawk moth, or sphinx moth, each a type of hummingbird moth.
The moths featured in the 1991 film, the silence of the lambs were death’s head hawk moths, a type of hummingbird moth (of the sphingidae family of moths, in the genus hemaris).
I go to sholom park at least once a week to walk. No, it's a hummingbird moth! The most common in our area, and the one zipping around my garden, is the hummingbird clearwing moth (hemaris thysbe). The female hummingbird moth often lays only one egg at a time, or very few, on a few favorite host plants or the undersides of fallen leaves.