Pellucid hawk moth
has transparent wings without scales.
|Scientific name||Cephonodes hylas|
|English name||Pellucid hawk moth|
|Classification details||Lepidoptera Sphingidae|
|Full length||about 3cm|
|Distribution||Honshu and southwards. Distributed in East Asia.|
A species of hawkmoth with transparent wings without scales and a thick green body. Wing scales remain immediately after emergence, but soon fall off, leaving only black wing veins. The belly is white. The tail of the body is black, red, and yellow, and with the sound of the wings, it looks like a bee or horsefly.
Often seen in summer. Unlike other hawksbill moths, it is active during the day. It is good at hovering and jumps from flower to flower to suck nectar.
Larvae feed on gardenias and appear almost anywhere.
In August, I caught and photographed them flying over low bushes and sucking nectar. It was quite energetic and flapped its wings quickly. It looks like a hummingbird when it hovers.
Introducing a picture of Pellucid hawk moth.