Both species of hummingbird moths common in Massachusetts (hummingbird clearwing and snowberry clearwing) are related to tomato hornworms, but tomato hornworms are the larval form of the five-spotted hawk moth. Hummingbird moths and the five-spotted hawk moth are members of the sphinx moth family.
C. Fisher Lee, NH
On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 6:55 PM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:
> The Clear-winged Sphinx *Hemaris thysbe *is a widespread nectaring moth. > The big green tomato hornworm caterpillar is the larval stage of this > moth. Adult moths are frequently seen in numbers on butterfly bush, which > has recently been determined as an invasive species. > Peter Trull > Brewster > <petrull...> > > *From:* G M ARCHAMBAULT <gm72125...> > *Sent:* Sunday, July 30, 2017 6:21 PM > *To:* Daan Sandee <sandee...> ; <massbird...> > *Subject:* Re: [MASSBIRD] Re: hummingbird moth > > I'm curious about Daan's photo, since I happened to be watching my own > video of apparently the same species of Hemaris moth in Ethiopia, so I > checked and they appear to be identical in the abdomen pattern. As far as > I know, this species is an Old World species. There are about 2 dozen > Hemaris moth species worldwide, with 4 or 5 reported from North America, > but I am not sure which species is in Daan's photo. Daan, can you verify > this photo was taken in Massachusetts? Thanks. Does anyone on this > listserv have any expertise or intel re the Hemaris group? Thank you. -Ken > Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama > > > On Sunday, July 30, 2017 3:41 PM, Daan Sandee <sandee...> wrote: > > > http://theworld.com/~sandee/jpg/hmot1.jpg > http://theworld.com/~sandee/jpg/hmot2.jpg > > handheld, out of the kitchen window. > Posted to Massbird, with a "Subject: New ABA species ?" > That was in 2007. > > Daan Sandee > Gloucester, MA > <ssndee...> > > > >