Sphinx moths are grouped together because their caterpillars hold their head and thorax erect in a sphinx-like fashion. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built. Snowberry Clearwing caterpillars, complete with the “horns” consistent with their family, have been happily grazing on the White Honeysuckle Shrub. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I guess the fake horn isn’t so scary after all. Careful to move plant stems out of the way (a native coral honeysuckle), I felt a stem squiggle in my fingers, and it was a juicy Snowberry Clearwing larva. These include the hog ( or Virginia Creeper Sphinx ), the Pandorus sphinx, Abbot’ sphinx and the Achemon sphinx. So cute. Adult clearwing moths deposit their eggs on the underside of host plant leaves so emerging larvae can easily find food. *As* dinner. Sphinx caterpillar season has arrived in New England. Its no coincidence, then, that humans are attracted to butterfly totems, to tattoos and bejeweled winged amulets that rest against caterpillar-silk blouses. Habitat: Semi rural. The Hummingbird Clearwing (Hemaris thysbe) moth, another day-flier, also uses Symphoricarpos species, possibly including Coralberries, as food for its caterpillars. 1 Species ID Suggestions +1. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Snowberry Clearwing Moth egg on Japanese Honeysuckle (click photos to enlarge) On a short hike through the neighborhood a week ago, I saw a Snowberry Clearwing moth (I posted a blog on these day-flying moths on July 29) hovering near the ground and briefly touching leaves of various plants. Hummingbird moths like the snowberry clearwing are members of the sphinx moth family. Moths are much more interesting than you may think. Males have a flared “tail” like that of a hovering hummingbird.One obvious difference between the birds and the moths is size. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! We do have Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus). Caterpillar Hosts: Blueberries including low bush blueberry (Vaccinium vacillans), and laurel (Kalmia), all in the heath family (Ericaceae). Photo by Tim Friedlander. The Hummingbird Clearwing’s caterpillars have a somewhat broader palate, including hawthorns, cherries, plums and some viburnums in addition to the Snowberries. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Snowberry Clearwing Caterpillar (Hemaris diffinis). Hemaris diffinis, the snowberry clearwing, is a moth of the order Lepidoptera, family Sphingidae.This moth is sometimes called "hummingbird moth" or "flying lobster". The snowberry clearwing is one of the smallest moths in this group, while the five-spotted hawk moth is one of the largest. Hemaris diffinis. If leaf litter, this is another reason not to rake, mow and blow every leaf off your yard in the fall. The Carolina sphinx, whose larva is known as the tobacco hornworm, weighs only one to two grams, but it flaps its wings an astonishing 25 to 30 beats per second. ( Log Out /  Note the discarded skin on the branch behind it, left over from an earlier molting. This moth should not be confused with the hummingbird hawk-moth of Europe While the image of literal mammalian metamorphosis is silly, a philosophical interpretation is not. This, I must see. Shown: A snowberry clearwing moth caterpillar (Hemaris diffinis) feeding on a honeysuckle vine (Lonicera sempervirens), one of several larval host plants of this species. If you want to find hornworms, knowing the host plants is the first step. They can be gorgeous, colorful, important pollinators, and destructive pests. Honeysuckle is one of this species’ favorite food groups, and my vine is huge, so I let them have their way. See a nice photograph of a hummingbird clearwing caterpillar … The snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) is a shrub and the berries are poisonous because they contain saponins. Wisely, they were all anchored on the vine stems, not the leaves, so that they would not paint themselves into a corner, so to speak. They don’t eat the flowers or fruits, merely stripping the vines of leaves in a few spots. Turning over these leaves uncovers tiny first instar clearwing caterpillars - light bluegreen with a narrow black horn. The human concept of redemption this idea that we can change for the better can be read into the caterpillar-to-butterfly progression. Snowberry Clearwing Hemaris diffinis Butterflies and Moths of North America | … Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis), nectaring at Buddleia. SO THRILLED. 890179.00 – 7855 – Hemaris diffinis (Boisduval, 1836) – Snowberry Clearwing Moth Photographs are the copyrighted property of each photographer listed. Hagens_Osage_Orange_Sphinx_8-17-19.jpg © 2015 CATERPILLAR LAB INC.  With original artwork by Heather Reid and Samuel Jaffe. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. ... usually on the underside of the leaves. When they are fully-grown they drop to the ground, spin a loose cocoon and pupate, partially protected by leaf litter. I’ve finally met the caterpillar. It was an accident, this meeting, and the result of my assignment to destroy a wire trellis with bolt-cutters. 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