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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

{semi} wordless wednesday: name that bug.

since i posted about a dragonfly last wednesday, it only seems fitting that i continue with my wednesday bug theme...

adam & i were in the backyard on sunday when we noticed this crazy looking bug flying around our butterfly bush.


is it a bird? no. {interestingly enough, not long after spotting the bug in question a hummingbird flew in for a brief moment.}


is it a bee? no. but it's color does remind me of a bumblebee.


is it a shrimp? ha ha ha. no. but, adam thought that the bug's body was shaped like a shrimp.


we're not sure what the heck it is. we watched it for a good 15 minutes as it flew from flower to flower on our butterfly bush. 

my guess is that it's a moth of some kind.


for now, we are referring to this guy as a humming-bumble-shrimp. you know, until an entomologist can set us straight or i find out what it is on google...whichever happens first.

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10 Comments:

Blogger mrs.mfc said...

It is definitely a humming-bumble-shrimp. I totally see that :)

But really, I have no clue what that is!! Definitely strange looking.

Jun 29, 2011, 9:05:00 AM  
Blogger B.R. said...

OMG, those are amazing photographs! You had your camera ready!!

Jun 29, 2011, 9:12:00 AM  
Blogger Vynuss said...

Now, that is just weird!!! I'll bet it's some sort of moth! Great pictures though!!! :)

Jun 29, 2011, 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Lindsey B said...

My guess is a bumble bee and a butterfly got their freak on in your pretty garden. So, it's a bumblefly...or a butter bee...

Jun 29, 2011, 3:37:00 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

It's definitely strange-looking, but I do love your pictures! They are fantastic!

Jun 29, 2011, 7:22:00 PM  
Blogger the workaholic momma said...

thats the craziest bug I've EVER seen - and your pictures are crazy amazing!!! Hope you're having a great week - I'll send you the beef info:)

Jun 29, 2011, 9:22:00 PM  
Blogger Laura @ My Thoughts-Uninterrupted said...

What stunning pictures!!! And yes, that is a crazy bug....I agree with your very scientific description.

Just found your blog...new follower!

Jun 30, 2011, 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Cas said...

We have those too, I always thought they were some kind of small hummingbird. They like our Lantana and butterfly bushes.

Jul 5, 2011, 1:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came across this sight wondering what this crazy bug was. They are also on my butterfly bush. I first thought it was a bee then a butterfly or a mini hummingbird. I took some pictures of it in hopes of finding out what it was. It is entertaining to watch. There have been about 5 so far.

Jul 29, 2011, 3:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous here, I continued to look for the this interesting bug. I found out it is called a Clearwinged Hummingbird Moth. The species is Hemaris thyse. It is not considered a pest but nice to have in your garden. Enjoy.

Jul 29, 2011, 3:48:00 PM  

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