Species Details

Hemaris thysbe

University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum Read more about this collection »

Common NameHummingbird Clearwing SeasonalityAdults are on the wing late May - July. IdentificationA fairly large (4.5-6.2 cm. wingspan) day-flying moth with narrow, pointed translucent wings. The wings have dark olive brown (forewing) or red brown (hindwing) bases, a wide dark outer margin, and the veins are lined with dark scales. The heavy body is covered in dark olive-brown hairs, except for a wide dark band on the abdomen. In Alberta, it can be mistaken only for the Snowberry Clearwing, which is smaller, has narrow dark outer margins on the wings, and large yellow patches on the sides of the lower abdomen. The very similar Slender Clearwing (H. gracilis) has been reported from eastern Saskatchewan and may eventually turn up in eastern Alberta. H. thysbe can always be told from other species of Hemaris by the row of dark scales bisecting the forewing discal cell (absent in other Hemaris species). Royal Alberta Museum page

Scientific Name Hemaris thysbe Common Name Hummingbird Clearwing Habitat Open woodlands, edges and clearings and adjacent meadows. Seasonality Adults are on the wing late May - July. Identification
A fairly large (4.5-6.2 cm. wingspan) day-flying moth with narrow, pointed translucent wings. The wings have dark olive brown (forewing) or red brown (hindwing) bases, a wide dark outer margin, and the veins are lined…
A fairly large (4.5-6.2 cm. wingspan) day-flying moth with narrow, pointed translucent wings. The wings have dark olive brown (forewing) or red brown (hindwing) bases, a wide dark outer margin, and the veins are lined with dark scales. The heavy body is covered in dark olive-brown hairs, except for a wide dark band on the abdomen. In Alberta, it can be mistaken only for the Snowberry Clearwing, which is smaller, has narrow dark outer margins on the wings, and large yellow patches on the sides of the lower abdomen. The very similar Slender Clearwing (H. gracilis) has been reported from eastern Saskatchewan and may eventually turn up in eastern Alberta. H. thysbe can always be told from other species of Hemaris by the row of dark scales bisecting the forewing discal cell (absent in other Hemaris species). Royal Alberta Museum page
Life History
The Hummingbird Clearwing is most often encountered during the day while nectaring at flowers. Unlike the Snowberry Clearwing, it is frequents open woodlands throughout much of the Boreal Forest region. It rarely…
The Hummingbird Clearwing is most often encountered during the day while nectaring at flowers. Unlike the Snowberry Clearwing, it is frequents open woodlands throughout much of the Boreal Forest region. It rarely alights, and the wingbeat is so rapid the wings are a blur, and thus it greatly resembles it's namesake, the hummingbird.
Conservation No concerns. Diet Info No Alberta data. Elsewhere reported to use various shrubs, including Viburnum, Honeysuckle (Lonicera), Cherry (Prunus), Hawthorn (Craetagus) and snowberry (Symphoricarpos). Range
Occurs throughout most of the wooded parts of eastern North America, west accross the boreal forest region to B.C. and Washington. In Alberta it is found throughput the boreal forest, the northern part of the aspen…
Occurs throughout most of the wooded parts of eastern North America, west accross the boreal forest region to B.C. and Washington. In Alberta it is found throughput the boreal forest, the northern part of the aspen parklands and in the foothills and lower elevations in the mountains.
Hemaris thysbe
Hemaris thysbe

Citation

Page Citation for Hemaris thysbe

Page Citation

"Species Details - Hemaris thysbe, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-545. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Sphingoidea Family Sphingidae Genus Hemaris Species Hemaris thysbe
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum