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890204.6 – 7855.1   Hemaris thetis (Boisduval, 1855)

John Davis
Distribution: West of the Continental Divide. In some places just East of the Divide (Colorado, Alberta) overlap with 7855 - Hemaris diffinis is known and specific identity becomes problematical when based on photographs.
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Synonymy: Macroglossa thetis Boisduval, 1855
Hemaris brucei French, 1890
Hemaris cynoglossum Edwards, 1875
Hemaris heppneri Eitschberger, Danner & Surholt, 1996
Hemaris jordani Barnes & Benjamin, 1927
Hemaris mcdunnoughi Clark, 1927
Hemaris minima Frankenbusch, 1925
Hemaris palpalis Grote, 1874
Hemaris rubens Edwards, 1875
Macroglossa senta Strecker, 1878
Taxonomic Notes: Hemaris thetis (Boisduval, 1855) includes as a synonym 7856 Hemaris senta in Schmidt (2009), Jour. Lepid. Soc., 63(2). 100-109.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Schmidt, B.C., 2009. Hemaris thetis (Boisduval, 1855) (Sphingidae) is a Distinct Species. Journal of the Lepidopterists Society, 63(2). 100-109.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
  • Strecker, H., 1878. Heterocera. in E.H.Ruffner (1878), Explorations and surveys in the Department of the Missouri. Annual report of the chief of engineers, Appendix SS: 1858-1864.
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