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Hummingbird clearwing moth dazzles

Often mistaken for a hummingbird, the Hummingbird clearwing moth visits

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A hummingbird clearwing moth pollinates a garden phlox Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in south Brainerd. The large colorful moth is often mistaken for a hummingbird as it flies from plant to plant. If you look closely, the moth's proboscis is covered in pollen after feeding on flower nectar.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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A Hummingbird clearwing moth pollinates a phlox Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in south Brainerd garden. Often mistaken for a hummingbird, it feeds on nectar from flowers and pollinates the plants with it proboscis.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

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