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Beautiful moth on front porch
July 7, 2010
I photographed this moth on our front porch. After a few days I noticed it hadn’t moved so I touched it and it spread it’s wings more and these pink eyes appeared, after several more days it laid eggs, can I hatch them and what kind of food do they need?
North west Washington state

One Eyed Sphinx

Hi Gary,
Your moth,
Smerinthus cerisyi, is one of the Sphinx Moths or Hawkmoths in the family Sphingidae and there is an excellent profile of the species on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.  It is commonly called the One Eyed Sphinx, a name that doesn’t make much sense considering the bilateral symmetry of its anatomy.  The one eye is a comparison of the characteristics of the eyespots of other species like the Blinded Sphinx, Paonias excaecata, also profiled on the Oehlke site, or the Twin Spotted Sphinx, Smirinthus jamaicensis, also profiled on the Oehlke site.  The One Eyed Sphinx is also known as Cerisy’s Sphinx.  Your two photos together are an excellent example of the protective coloration of the One Eyed Sphinx.  While resting, the eyespots or ocelli are hidden, but if the moth is disturbed by a predator, like the pecking of a bird, the moth reveals its eyespots and the bird may be startled into thinking that the prey might really be a larger predator.  Many butterflies and moths have such ocelli, and there are nice examples posted to BugGuide.  According to Bill Oehlke’s website, the caterpillars will feed on the leaves of willow and poplar.  According to BugGuide, the caterpillars will feed on the leaves of pear and plum as well as willow and poplar.

One Eyed Sphinx (showing two ocelli)

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Lime Hawk Moth?
July 6, 2010
I encountered this moth while fueling my vehicle at Martins general store in Alexandria, PA (Huntingdon County)this morning; 7/6/2010.
Is it a Lime Hawk moth?
Alexandria PA

Pandora Sphinx

Hi Gary,
Though the coloration of the Lime Hawkmoth is similar to this native Pandora Sphinx, the markings are quite different.  The Pandora Sphinx,
Eumorpha pandorus, is a common North American species.

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This moth was on my screen, almost looked like carved wood. Shades of brown, approx. 2-3 inches wide.
July 6, 2010
The moth stayed on the screen for 3 days before leaving. It was the end of June. very interesting wing patterns, thick body and 4 wings.
Duxbury, Ma. (southern Ma.)

Small Eyed Sphinx

Dear artqueen,
Your moth is one of the Sphinx Moths or Hawkmoths in the family Sphingidae.  It is
Paonias myops, commonly called the Small Eyed Sphinx.  You can read more about this species on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.  According to Oehlke:  “Wild cherry species are the favorites as larval foodplants, but eggs will also be deposited on birches and other forest trees.

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What is this moth?
July 5, 2010
Hi. Could you please help me identify this moth. It fell out of a hedge when I was cutting it. We got a picture and put it back. It has fortunately survived. I initially thought it was a moth when I saw it. It was very docile when we pictured it. It measured approx 3 inches long by four inches wide. It has been pictured on my Grandmas hands. Thanks for your help
Thornton near Blackpool. Lancashire

Poplar Hawkmoth

Hi Jon,
According to the UK Moths website, the Poplar Hawkmoth,
Laothoe populi, is:  “Probably the commonest of our hawk-moths, it has a strange attitude when at rest, with the hindwings held forward of the forewings, and the abdomen curved upwards at the rear. If disturbed it can flash the hindwings, which have a contrasting rufous patch, normally hidden.  Distributed commonly throughout most of Britain, the adults are on the wing from May to July, when it is a frequent visitor to light.  The larvae feed on poplar (Poplar), aspen (P. tremula) and sallow (Salix).

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Found a huge, brown moth on my daughter’s bike tire, what is it?
July 3, 2010
At an invitation to “come outside and see something really cool” I followed my 6 year old out to her bike. I was surprised to find a moth about 3 inches long resting on her tire. It has a beautiful face with huge, dark eyes. I searched the web and thought it might be a Sphinx Moth of some sort, you can hopefully tell me better.
Tamworth, Ontario, Canada

Northern Ash Sphinx

Hi Shalaine,
YOur moth is a Northern Ash Sphinx,
Sphinx chersis, and Bill Oehlke’s excellent website has some great information on the species.

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Beige brown Hawk-Moth?
June 29, 2010
I’m in Denver, Colorado, and found this moth hanging on my front door screen. I did not fly away, so I photographed it a lot and later this night it was “training” it’s wings and finally flew away. I would like to know if I got the identification right 🙂 Thank you in advance for your response.
Denver, Colorado, USA

Western Poplar Sphinx

Hi Angela,
Thanks for sending us your excellent photos of a Western Poplar Sphinx,
Pachysphinx occidentalis.  You can read about it on BugGuide as well as Bill Oehlke’s excellent website.  Your letter is our final posting before our scheduled website maintenance.

Western Poplar Sphinx

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