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 21, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 27, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 annmyers Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States September 23, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 ttwigg New Haven County, Connecticut, United States September 19, 2016 Details
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August 28, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 28, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States August 26, 2016 Details
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August 06, 2016 A_Larsen District of Columbia, United States August 18, 2016 Details
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August 14, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 18, 2016 Details
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August 18, 2016 Msteacher48 Shelby County, Ohio, United States August 18, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 Sabineholub Franklin County, Ohio, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 05, 2016 Williamsdk424 Essex County, Massachusetts, United States August 16, 2016 Details
August 15, 2016 Moth_Jan Ontario, Canada August 15, 2016 Details
August 05, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 11, 2016 Details
May 25, 2016 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States August 09, 2016 Details
August 08, 2016 Gordon Whitlock Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States August 08, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 bedianv Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 04, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada August 03, 2016 Details
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July 31, 2016 Rjag1035 Garrett County, Maryland, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 25, 2016 Scully59 Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 30, 2016 Details
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July 28, 2016 Kbirklin Onondaga County, New York, United States July 29, 2016 Details
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July 27, 2016 Louise1628 Monroe County, New York, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 Hswen Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States July 28, 2016 Details
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July 26, 2016 Lakemann Newberry County, South Carolina, United States July 26, 2016 Details
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