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Snowberry clearwing sphinx moth

Hemaris diffinis


This moth was seen feeding off Moringa flowers, while watering the plants. At first I thought it was a carpenter bee (due to locality, and how common it is here), but I was more than happy to see this right on time for Moth week. This moth supposed to be brightly colored, with yellow throughout the thorax and fully clear wings (except outer margin of wings, which is brown). But these moths tend to loose their scales on its wings early after the pupa stage by its highly active flight tendencies. This moth has a 32–51 millimetres wingspan, while males are smaller than females.


In my garden, around 10:30 am. Suburban area Fort Worth, Texas. Tarrant co. North central Texas. Feeding off Moringa flowers


This moth flies during the daylight much like the other hummingbird moths, but it may also continue flight into the evening hours. The moth is found from the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, southern Ontario, eastern Manitoba, and in western Quebec in Canada. In the United States this species has been located in southern California and Baja California Norte, Illinois, east through most of the United States from Maine to West Virginia to Florida. Also seen in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. The larvae of this moth feed on many plants including honeysuckle, viburnum, hawthorn, snowberry, cherry, mint, and plum. Spotted for moth week 2020

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Saturniidae27 8 months ago

Thanks for the nomination Ashley :-)

AshleyT 8 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Saturniidae27 9 months ago

Thanks Mark :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 months ago

Nice spotting.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jul 17, 2020
Submitted on Jul 21, 2020

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