Attributes of Hemaris thysbe

Hummingbird Clearwing
Hemaris thysbe (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Adult appearance is variable; Hummingbird mimic. The thorax is olive to golden-olive in color dorsally, yellow ventrally; abdomen is dark burgundy (sometimes almost black) both dorsally and ventrally, with light olive to dark golden patches dorsally. Wings mostly clear with reddish brown terminal borders and dark scaling along veins. While wing maculation is too variable to be 100% diagnostic, thysbe typically has thick terminal borders and the discal cell is typically covered or bisected by dark scales. However, thysbe can always be distinguished from gracilis and diffinis by two characteristics: 1) the lack of any banding on the lateral side of the thorax; 2) thysbe always has yellowish or pale colored legs.
Wing Span: 1 9/16 - 2 3/16 inches (4 - 5.5 cm).
Life History: Adults fly during the day, and hover at flowers to sip nectar. Caterpillars pupate in cocoons spun at the soil surface.
Flight: Two broods in the south from March-June and August-October; one brood in the north from April-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Honeysuckle (Lonicera), snowberry (Symphoricarpos), hawthorns (Crataegus), cherries and plums (Prunus), and European cranberry bush (Viburnum opulus).
Adult Food: Nectar from a wide variety of flowers including Japanese honeysuckle, beebalm, red clover, lilac, phlox, snowberry, cranberry, blueberry, vetch, and thistles.
Habitat: Open and second-growth habitats, gardens, and suburbs.
Range: Alaska and the Northwest Territories south through British Columbia to Oregon; east through the Great Plains and the Great Lakes area to Maine and Newfoundland; south to Florida and Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 03, 2015 Jennibean83 Ontario, Canada August 03, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 JohnPenner Ontario, Canada August 02, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 01, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 01, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 sarah-nickason Ontario, Canada July 31, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 Cj Ashwal Columbiana County, Ohio, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 rholleran Morris County, New Jersey, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 cobird2 Rockland County, New York, United States July 25, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 sorienza_2 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 Bill Link Baltimore County, Maryland, United States July 24, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 De and Ginger Franklin County, Maine, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 Carolyn Seaton Gaston County, North Carolina, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 jaylandry Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 jkaysutton Fulton County, Indiana, United States July 23, 2015 Details
August 10, 2014 kirschnd Hancock County, Maine, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 GaleE Ontario, Canada July 22, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 dbiss Knox County, Ohio, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 adamholli Russell County, Virginia, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 curtis.lehman Virginia, United States, Warren County July 21, 2015 Details
August 07, 2009 Allen Belden Richmond City County, Virginia, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 15, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 Sheryl Johnson Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 14, 2015 Details
July 13, 2015 paniolomike Delaware County, Ohio, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 13, 2015 rickettsx5 Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States July 14, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 Ravenshoe Manitoba, Canada July 13, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 edavis68 Franklin County, Ohio, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 10, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 msrebelle Fairfax County, Virginia, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Jarchibold Orange County, New York, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 BILL.G Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 20, 2008 Karla M Vana Horry County, South Carolina, United States July 06, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 jtanner0602 Fairfax County, Virginia, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 Sue Orlowski Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 AndrewCDay88 Montgomery County, Ohio, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 treichard Frederick County, Maryland, United States June 29, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 Kreneep Marion County, Florida, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 Homegardener3816 Fairfax County, Virginia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 ToS Manitoba, Canada June 22, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 cdemers Essex County, New York, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 alixcollins Sumter County, South Carolina, United States June 16, 2015 Details
July 21, 2014 geniah Carroll County, Arkansas, United States June 16, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 Tynessa Ontario, Canada June 08, 2015 Details
July 05, 2007 Gordilly Douglas County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
August 29, 2012 LinRandolph Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States May 06, 2015 Details