Hemaris diffinis
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(Boisduval, 1836) Macroglossa diffinis
Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth


Hemaris diffinis, Ettrick, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin,
July 15, 2012, courtesy of Donald Severson.


Hemaris diffinis, Ettrick, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin,
July 15, 2012, courtesy of Donald Severson.

Don Severson writes, "These were also found in Trempealeau County. I don't find as many of these as Hemaris thysbe. I generally find both species of these clearwings on monarda and on phlox.

"You also list Hemaris gracilis on your Trempealeau County website, but I don't know if I'd be able to differentiate between that and Hemaris thysbe."

"Hemaris diffinis most closely resembles a bubble bee with yellow and BLACK body hairs. Legs of diffinis are black, and there is strong black bar running through eye and upper thorax on diffinis.

"Hemaris gracilis has reddish legs, and a red bar running through the eye on the side of the head and thorax. It more closely resembles thysbe with greenish and reddish body hairs, but there is no strong indentation on inner edge of broad maroon band on forewing in gracilis.

"The strong indentation on that band is a distinguishing character for thysbe which has off white legs and lacks the stong red band or bar running through the eye on the side of the head and upper thorax. Instead, there is a weaker black line." Bill Oehlke

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Hemaris (Dalman, 1816) ...........
Species: diffinis (Boisduval, 1836)

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