And another first for my backyard list. This is so much fun!
Oh, how darling! The hummingbird moths are so cute!
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is probably a Snowberry Clearwing. It was quite small, about the size of a carpenter bee, and I think you can see a suggestion of black legs in some of the photos.
I really am beyond thrilled at the results of my first year butterfly gardening. I still don't have that many host plants in place, but I do have a lot more nectar plants, and I'm seeing a number of species for the first time. Not only the first time in my yard, but some are new to my life list as well. Of course, I'm a complete newbie, so that shouldn't be too surprising. Still, a spicebush swallowtail and an American lady are quite a handsome reward for one year of effort. Not to mention a whole lot more monarchs than I have seen here in years. If only they would leave me some eggs!
This one looks like a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. The Snowberry is marked like a Bee. It has a black and yellow body and is quite a bit smaller than the Hummingbird Clearwing. I have both visiting my yard daily. They love my butterfly bushes. In fact, just tonight I had two caterpillars hatch on my Honeysuckle vine that are the eggs of one of the two varieties.