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Species Hemaris thetis - Hodges#7855.1

Moth #07-14 - Hemaris thetis Sphinx moth caterpillar - Hemaris thetis Snowberry sphinx - Hemaris thetis Hummingbird Moth in Central Arizona - Hemaris thetis buzz - Hemaris thetis Flagstaff clearwing moth - Hemaris thetis I believe this is Hemaris diffinis - Hemaris thetis
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Macroglossinae
Tribe Dilophonotini
Genus Hemaris
Species thetis (Hemaris thetis - Hodges#7855.1)
Hodges Number
7855.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hemaris senta
Described in 1855 by Jean Baptiste Boisduval as Macroglossa thetis. Until recently considered a synonym or a subspecies of Hemaris diffinis
Explanation of Names
Probably named after Thetis (Θετις), a nereid and the mother of Achilles in Greek mythology
Identification
As of 2009, all Hemaris diffinis (Hodges # 7855) at BugGuide from west of the Continental Divide should be moved to this newly elevated species. In some places just east of the Divide (Colorado, Alberta) overlap of ranges is known and specific identity becomes problematical when based on photographs.
Print References
Schmidt, B. Christian (2009). Hemaris thetis (Boisduval, 1855) (Sphingidae) is a Distinct Species. Journal of the Lepidopterists Society 63(2), 2009, 100-109. (Full Text)
Internet References
Annales de la Société entomologique de France, 3rd ser., v.3:Bulletin, p. XXXII    Bosduval's original description of the species.