New cryptic Hemaris species documented in Ontario

Chris Schmidt of Agriculture Canada (and iNat member neoarctia), just published a paper that combines mtDNAn analysis and extensive field research to describe Hemaris aethra,. Local populations of adult H. aethra are virtually identical to H. diffinis, so distinguishing adults visually will be difficult (however, the larva are distinct and there are helpful photos in the paper).

from the abstract -
"Despite highly divergent mtDNA sequences and differing larval phenotypes, genitalic morphology, habitat and larval host plants, adults of H. aethra and sympatric H. diffinis are externally so similar that H. aethra has remained unrecognized for over a century. With a more northerly distribution than H. diffinis, H. aethra occurs from ...more ↓

Posted on March 25, 2018 08:34 PM by dkaposi dkaposi | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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This project collects observations of moths in Ontario for the the Toronto Entomologists' Association. The TEA has been collecting observations in the province since 1970 and recently launched an online atlas of moth phenology and distribution.

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