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 11, 2013 tjrickert Tucker County, West Virginia, United States January 30, 2015 Details
July 23, 2014 JohnRoosenberg Albany County, New York, United States January 28, 2015 Details
September 01, 2014 Wildemax Richmond County, New York, United States January 26, 2015 Details
August 13, 2014 JohnRoosenberg Essex County, New York, United States January 25, 2015 Details
June 15, 2014 somethingroyal Tioga County, New York, United States January 17, 2015 Details
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August 04, 2010 Indy Entomologist Boone County, Indiana, United States January 16, 2015 Details
July 31, 2014 magoo2979 Oneida County, New York, United States January 15, 2015 Details
June 23, 2002 cedareden Franklin County, New York, United States January 10, 2015 Details
July 18, 2014 Cirsine Erie County, New York, United States January 10, 2015 Details
August 03, 2014 maries Vermont, United States January 09, 2015 Details
September 02, 2012 strixv Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States December 25, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States December 16, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 Arielle1838 Lake County, Indiana, United States December 13, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Sue Gregoire Schuyler County, New York, United States December 09, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 Bziegler Morris County, New Jersey, United States December 02, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 Rinkha Windham County, Connecticut, United States November 30, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 RAYJ Brown County, Wisconsin, United States November 20, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 becky8611 Oconto County, Wisconsin, United States November 20, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 speebles Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States November 20, 2014 Details
September 28, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 tjdunkerton Brevard County, Florida, United States September 27, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 kenpatrick37 Brevard County, Florida, United States September 20, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 Elainedrinan Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States September 19, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada September 17, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 nhamilton Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States September 10, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 Sheryl Johnson Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States September 06, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 Mcmahonww Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States September 03, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 Shelley Rutkin Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States September 02, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 Chip Krilowicz Camden County, New Jersey, United States September 01, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 abwest Hancock County, Ohio, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States August 30, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 srickett Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada August 29, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 YukonSights Yukon Territory, Canada August 27, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 Aidelena22282 Allen County, Indiana, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
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July 30, 2014 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 13, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 teamd5 Marion County, Indiana, United States August 11, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 06, 2014 Details
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August 01, 2014 leniseb Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States August 05, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 Linda Hennrich St Louis County, Missouri, United States August 05, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States August 05, 2014 Details