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 12, 2006 franpope Garrett County, Maryland, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 MAWyatt Cleburne County, Arkansas, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 Laurie Cogswell Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 Cynthia Grant Ontario, Canada July 29, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 jones.a Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 rogerashton Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2014 Details
June 01, 2013 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada July 25, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 Eric C. Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States July 23, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 DaBudMan Cass County, Indiana, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 sailore9ret York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 Batgirl Fulton County, Georgia, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 ACDibble Hancock County, Maine, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States July 19, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 DelisaSliker Burlington County, New Jersey, United States July 19, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States July 19, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 mercretas Baltimore County, Maryland, United States July 17, 2014 Details
May 22, 2014 Herring Quebec, Canada July 16, 2014 Details
August 14, 2013 daenr02 Cabarrus County, North Carolina, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 15, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 mjb Campbell County, Kentucky, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada July 10, 2014 Details
July 17, 2011 janazak British Columbia, Canada July 03, 2014 Details
July 11, 2013 wrmarcy Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Kjhmangum Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States June 30, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada June 29, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 molliestraub Penobscot County, Maine, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 benez Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States June 23, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 jkhenry Manitoba, Canada June 18, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 sjflecken Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States June 17, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 Jody Ontario, Canada June 14, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States June 14, 2014 Details
April 24, 2014 SuzanneHill Fulton County, Georgia, United States April 30, 2014 Details
July 10, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
July 29, 2011 bergdol5 Sauk County, Wisconsin, United States March 08, 2014 Details
August 13, 2011 maggiebiel Dane County, Wisconsin, United States March 08, 2014 Details
August 21, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Burlington County, New Jersey, United States February 25, 2014 Details
September 02, 2012 Joybrenn3 Newport County, Rhode Island, United States February 23, 2014 Details
August 29, 2007 Chip Krilowicz Cape May County, New Jersey, United States February 11, 2014 Details
August 03, 2013 NJShibaOwner Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States February 10, 2014 Details
August 02, 2013 marlene29 Monroe County, New York, United States February 10, 2014 Details
August 05, 2013 bcon110 Saratoga County, New York, United States February 10, 2014 Details
June 09, 2012 WestCoastLady Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States February 06, 2014 Details
July 29, 2013 lgorn Otsego County, New York, United States February 01, 2014 Details
July 27, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States December 16, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States November 16, 2013 Details
July 15, 2012 doris potter Ontario, Canada November 15, 2013 Details
August 21, 2013 annette shells Edgefield County, South Carolina, United States October 25, 2013 Details
July 30, 2013 hjames Adams County, Ohio, United States October 09, 2013 Details