Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)
The snowberry clearwing moth is a member of the hawk moth family. French lepidopterist Jean Baptiste Alphonse Déchauffour de Boisduval first described this species in 1836.
Description and Identification
The larvae are green with black spots around each spiracle.
Once mature, the caterpillars pupate in cocoons made of leaf litter.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present.
Females have a prominent brown margin around their wings.
Color and Appearance
When the wings are opened, they can be clear and have reddish-brown terminal borders. When the wings are closed, a dark scaling can be seen along their veins.
Average wingspan: 3.2 – 5 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Females lay eggs close to the soil where the host plants can be found.
|Distribution||Canada (Northwest Territories, British Columbia, southern Ontario, eastern Manitoba, and in western Quebec) and the United States (southern California, Illinois, Maine,|
|Habitat||Fields, gardens, open habitats, streamsides, and suburbs|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Host Plants||Cherry, dogbane, dwarf bush honeysuckle, hawthorn, honeysuckle, mint, plum, and snowberry|
|Adult Diet||Nectar from flowers including Canada violet, dwarf bush honeysuckle, lantana, lilac, orange hawkweed, snowberry, and thistles|
Did You Know
- This moth has several nicknames in various parts of the Appalachia, including West Virginia, such as the “hummingbird moth” or “flying lobster”.