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890204.4 – 7854   Hemaris gracilis (Grote & Robinson, 1865)
             Slender Clearwing

© Tom Bentely
Field Marks:
Legs reddish to black and a reddish-brown band on the side of the thorax extending from just behind the eye to the abdomen.
Similar Species:
  • Hemaris thysbe (Fabricius, 1775) has white legs; lacks reddish-brown band on the side of the thorax.
  • Hemaris diffinis (Boisduval, 1836)

    © Gary Anweiler, E. H. Strickland Museum

  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Haemorrhagia gracilis Grote & Robinson, 1865
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21:p. 117; pl. 10.15. order or free PDF
  • Species Page at Bill Oehlke's moth website - Hemaris gracilis
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 162; pl. 5.13.
Hemaris gracilis
© Brandon Woo
Hemaris gracilis
© Chris Schmidt
Hemaris gracilis
© Teá Montagna LG
4th Instar on Vaccinium angustifolia
Hemaris gracilis
© Teá Montagna LG
5th Instar on Vaccinium angustifolia

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