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Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Snowberry Clearwing Moth.

 Updated: 6/11/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




The Snowberry Clearwing Moth is a large, furry Sphinx moth that greatly resembles a bee and a hummingbird.



Though this species looks and flies like a bee, it does not land on flowers as bees do. And though it has hair on it that may allow it to be mistaken for the feathers of a hummingbird, it has clear wings that are bordered with black. Instead of a bird beak, it has a curly proboscis for drinking nectar.

The Snowberry Clearwing is a large moth from the the Sphinx family. Members of this family are known to be strong fliers and many other species in it also resemble birds and bees.

Caterpillars are bright green and feed on the leaves of plants. It has a horn at one end that looks potentially harmful, but the caterpillar is actually quite harmless. Up to two generations can be produced a year.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Sphingidae
          Genus: Hemaris
            Species: diffinis
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Hemaris diffinis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 32mm to 51mm (1.25in to 1.99in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow; black; brown
Descriptors: flying, hairy
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of a common North American butterfly and moth insect
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.