Both species would fly in Eric's area, and both species use honeysuckle as a larval host, although thysbe more often uses Viburnum species.
Subsequently Eric indicated that more extensive observation led him toward a determination of Hemaris diffinis as well.
Many wasps and other predatory insects feed on caterpillars. The barely visible Mischocyttarus phthisicus on the upper side of the "egg leaf" is already "casting its shadow".
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