#7853 thysbe

Hummingbird Sphinx

Hemaris thysbe (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Sphingidae

Status: Uncommon resident

Larval Hostplant(s): Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Cherries and plums (Prunus), and some Viburnums

Range: Absent from the American southwest but otherwise found throughout the United States. More abundant east of the Mississippi River.

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: Double brooded in the south but likely there is but one (albeit extended) brood here.

Habitat: Shrubby prairies.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/2 – 2 1/4 Inches

Found at:

Overwintering: As pupa in leaf litter on the soil surface.

Similar Species: This species is greatly outnumbered by the Snowberry Clearwing which is also found in our area.


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