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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July 21, 2016 Tking2016 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States July 22, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 digginflowers Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States July 22, 2016 Details
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June 30, 2016 Keystone Gardens Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 01, 2016 Details
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June 10, 2016 Merlan Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States June 11, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 Reiner Volusia County, Florida, United States May 25, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 Weber Saskatchewan, Canada May 24, 2016 Details
May 01, 2016 H Hooper Wakulla County, Florida, United States May 03, 2016 Details
August 19, 2012 jmorth Christian County, Illinois, United States April 14, 2016 Details
April 09, 2016 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States April 10, 2016 Details
September 03, 2014 curtis.lehman (Colin Gillette) Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States February 25, 2016 Details
July 05, 2015 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States November 07, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 ridgeboy Osceola County, Florida, United States October 14, 2015 Details
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June 27, 2015 Goodnewsgabby Essex County, Vermont, United States October 11, 2015 Details
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September 11, 2015 billrey Pennington County, Minnesota, United States September 22, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 Bushytail3 Morris County, New Jersey, United States September 22, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 pabirdermoore Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 15, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 Liz Pearson Pinellas County, Florida, United States September 12, 2015 Details
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August 28, 2015 bworld1 Will County, Illinois, United States September 01, 2015 Details
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August 22, 2015 treichard District of Columbia, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 28, 2015 Details
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August 21, 2015 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States August 24, 2015 Details
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