Unusual-looking pollinator

Asked August 9, 2015, 7:12 PM EDT

I saw a pollinator flitting from flower to flower in Ithaca, NY in late July. At first I thought it was a bee, but it's body was shaped like a science lab flask with the mouth at the mouth end of the flask. The quarter inch neck of the flask was greenish yellow and the quarter inch base of it was pale yellow with pale Gray belted stripes. It was quite hairy and had two wings. My camera would not cooperate and I could not get a picture. Does anyone know this creature?

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1 Response

We are not sure what you saw, but wonder if it may have been a Hummingbird Moth, which are a type of clearwing moth.
Take a look at the images on this link:
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=hummingbird...

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