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Hemaris thysbe (common clear-wing)

Wikipedia Abstract

Hemaris thysbe, commonly known as the hummingbird clearwing, is a moth of the Sphingidae (hawkmoth) family. Coloration varies between individuals, but typically the moth is olive green and burgundy on its back, and white or yellow and burgundy on the underside. Its wings are transparent with a reddish brown border. It has light-colored legs, which combined with the lack of striping on the underside is diagnostic. Beating its wings rapidly, H. thysbe hovers to collect nectar from a variety of flowers. The combination of its appearance and its behavior commonly leads to it being confused with a hummingbird or bumblebee.
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Prey / Diet

Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)[1]
Lonicera japonica (Chinese honeysuckle)[1]
Rubus laciniatus (Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry)[1]
Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)[1]
Symphoricarpos albus (common snowberry)[2]
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)[1]
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)[1]
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood)[2]
Viburnum lentago (nanny-berry)[2]
Viburnum nudum (possumhaw)[2]
Viburnum opulus (European cranberrybush)[2]
Crataegus viridis (desert hawthorn)[1]
Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)[1]


Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)[1]
Calosoma scrutator (Fiery searcher)[1]
Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)[1]
Cyanocitta cristata (Blue Jay)[1]
Meleagris gallopavo (Wild Turkey)[1]
Misumena vatia (flower spider)[1]
Proctacanthus milbertii[3]
Pterostichus melanarius (Common black ground beetle)[1]
Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel)[1]
Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)[1]
Tenodera aridifolia (Chinese mantid)[1]
Terrapene carolina (Florida Box Turtle)[1]
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)[1]


Mimic of 
Archilochus colubris (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)[1]
Crataegus viridis (desert hawthorn)[1]
Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)[1]


Pollinator of 
Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)[4]
Cirsium discolor (field thistle)[4]
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)[1]
Echinacea angustifolia (Narrow-leaved purple coneflower)[4]
Geranium erianthum (woolly geranium)[4]
Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells)[4]
Monarda fistulosa (mintleaf beebalm)[4]
Phlox divaricata (wild blue phlox)[4]
Polemonium reptans (Greek valerian)[4]
Psoralea onobrychis (French-grass)[4]
Rubus laciniatus (Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry)[1]
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)[1]
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)[1]
Verbena hastata (blue verbena)[5]
Verbena simplex[5]
Verbena urticifolia (white verbena)[5]
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw)[4]
Vitis vulpina (fox grape)[5]
Zizia aurea (golden zizia)[5]



Attributes / relations provided by
1Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
4Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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