Moths of North Dakota

Springidae: Macroglossinae: Dilophonotini

Hemaris diffinis (Boisduval 1836)

Common name: Bumblebee clearwing/ Snowberry clearwing.

Hodges #: 7855.

Identification: Rfw 17.9 mm, antennae clavate, ventral thorax yellow with black bands and legs, wings with large clear areas, inner edge of dark fw margin not dentate, discal cell lacking dark scales, hw with narrow dark marginal band.

Similar species: 7853, 7854, 7856.

Distribution: southern Canada and U. S.

Hosts: Larvae feed on Symphoricarpos and Lonicera Snowberry and Honeysuckle.

Note: A record of H. senta from the state is based upon a misidentification of the present species.  Hemaris senta would be yellow on the ventral surface except for the black terminal tufts. Hemaris senta is a western sphingid ranging as far east as the eastern foothills of the Rockies in Montana.

MN, Lake Co., Kinney Creek Bog 30- V- 1992. Nectaring at dandilion. coll. T. Warner, D. Cuthrell.

moth image

ND Walsh Co., Homme Dam. 14- VIII- 2001, ex. Symphoricarpos sp.  pic. G. Fauske.


Ventral view showing black stripe on thorax.


MN, Hubbard Co., Nevis.  Pic J. Weber.


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Last updated: 01/23/07

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