Moths of North Dakota

Sphingidae: Macroglossinae: Dilophonotini

Hemaris thysbe (Fabricius 1775)

Common name: Hummingbird clearwing.

Hodges #: 7853.

Identification: Rfw 24.9 mm, fw marginal band with dentate inner edge, discal cell scale covered or bisected by scale-line, hw marginal band relatively broad, ventral thorax and legs yellow, abdomen black.

Similar species: 7855.

Distribution: southern Canada and eastern United States, extending northwestward to Alaska.

Hosts: Larvae feed on Symphoricarpos snowberry, Lonicera honeysuckle, also Prunus plum, and Crataegus hawthorn. In ND, possibly only Symphoricarpos albus (L.) Blake.

Note: a record of H. gracilis from the state appears to have been based upon one of the many color variants of this species. 

KY, Edmonson Co., Mammoth cave  ST. PK. 18- VII- 1975. coll. B. Stiles.

Same, ventral showing yellow thorax.

ND  Ransom Co., Pfingsten Allotment, 19[?]-vii-2006.  pic. B. Frankie.


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Last updated: 01/23/07

Gerald M. Fauske
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