Subject: Pandora Sphinx Moth in PA?
Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
October 2, 2014 8:07 am
Hey, guys. I just read your article on the two species, and I’m not 100% sure whether this is a Lime Hawkmoth or a Pandora Sphinx. I noticed him clinging to a stone wall on my walk home from work a couple of weeks ago, thought he was very beautiful, and snapped a picture for my photography portfolio. I’ve never seen a moth like this around here before. I live out in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.
Signature: Sierra Stashek
Your moth is definitely a Pandorus Sphinx, and not a Lime Hawkmoth which is a European species. We reported on an isolated incident of a Lime Hawkmoth in Pennsylvania several years ago, but to the best of our knowledge, the species is not established in North America. We recently posted an image of the Caterpillar of a Pandorus Sphinx.