Here is a first for me after so many years of collecting. Today, because of some un-seasonably warm weather (85 degrees) for a high; the fields called to me to once again to soldier the net in hand ! I did so obligingly and went to one of my favorite haunts. Whilst scouring the available flowers for potential quarry I spied something that I've never seen before in all my years. It was a daytime feeding White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata).
I have seen at least 3 other species of daytime feeders (all of which are smaller) than this one. I've seen this come to house lights and my Mercury Vapor light but, never seen it in daylight. It was a beautiful sight ! I was totally transfixed on the moment so I kindly thanked it for allowing me to photograph it. Furthermore, I let be on it's merry way as it continued to pollinate many other purple clover flowers in the field until it was out of sight.
Note the very long extended proboscis in the photo as it hovered with it's wings a whirl above each flower.