Subject: moth identification
Location: ear Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast in BC
July 19, 2014 2:26 pm
Hi There. This moth came to visit us one evening in late June. It was quite beautiful! About 7 cm across from wing tip to wing tip. Can you tell us what it is?
We confirmed the identity of your Sphinx Moth as Smerinthus ophthalmica thanks to the Sphingidae of the Americas website. Alas, you moth does not have a common name, though Sphinx Moth and Hawkmoth are names to describe the members of the family. According to Pacific Northwest Moths: “They are nocturnal and come to light. This species is common at porch lights. The mouthparts are reduced and the moths do not feed as adults.”