Blinded Sphinx

Location: Eastrn Washington
June 13, 2011 11:56 pm
Hope you had a good holiday!
Found this moth on my house. Is it a Sphinx moth…found pics of them but not quite like this one. Comparing to the Sphinx the head is a different shape as is the end of the body..flat instead of pointed. Any thoughts??
Signature: Lynda R

Blinded Sphinx

Hi Lynda,
As we feebly attempt to put a dent in all the identification requests we received during our week away from the office, we are trying to post the most beautiful images of the most significant sightings.  You were very astute to determine that this is a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae.  According to BugGuide, there are 124 North American species, and there is a great deal of diversity within the family, however, the general wing shape and body shape is relatively consistent.  This is a Blinded Sphinx,
Paonias excaecata, and you may read more about the species on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

2 thoughts on “Blinded Sphinx”

  1. I live in Ohio and seen this exact moth on my front door. Is this a moth that has a specific native area?


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