Photos by Susan Aldrich Behr (Hemaris Thysbe)


I had recently moved to Upton, MA, and I saw these strange creatures around the bee balm in the

garden. My first thought was "What odd creatures they have here!" No one in the area knew what they were, and there was much debate about hummingbirds versus bees, versus moths. Now at last we know that we had Hummingbird Clearwings, or Hemaris thysbe!