The next day, I asked my Biology teacher if she knew what it was. She'd never heard of a bug that looked like a bumble bee with a crawfish tail.
I saw another one this summer while visiting my Mother in Missouri.
That bring us to three days ago. Out in Malone courtyard during painting class, one of my instructors went wild when she discovered this:
|Photo by Beverly West Leach, "A White Lined Sphinx Moth that was busy sucking nectar on some Lantana in Malone Hall courtyard "|
The next day, I was walking past the same flowers and saw a Humming Bird Moth
But as I was looking at the image, I realized that, other than the coloring being wrong, that sure looks a lot like my mysterious critter. As you can tell by the first images, I finally found my bug!
It took 19 years to learn that my 'Bumble Bee with a Crawfish Tail' is actually called a snowberry clearwing moth.
And although I've only seen 2 in my entire life, they're actually pretty common in America.
It's exciting and relieving to know 1. I didn't make them up, and 2. what they're actually called.
The mystery is finally solved.