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July 26, 2008

Small-eyed sphinx moth

Posted by Malou at 7/26/2008 08:50:00 AM
Does little creature like this catches your attention when it flies around you? Have you ever noticed how beautiful they are? When I was little and until today I always liked to observe them not only butterflies but also little insects crawling. I don't know but it always amazes me. My husband was in the garage and when he came to the house he asked me "would you like to get your camera and take a picture of the moth in the hallway? So I get the camera so excited to see it. I downloaded lots of pictures on different angles but I decided to post this one. The thing about this moth is its huge 3 inches across 3 inches tall. Biggggg!To find out the species of this kind i went online and end up on this web site that tells the name of this particular moth. It's a Small-eyed sphinx moth (Paonias myops). Here is its species details. The source comes from this website http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=3412.
Attributes of Paonias myops
Family: Sphinx Moths, Hawkmoths (Sphingidae)
Subfamily: Sphinginae (Sphinginae)
Identification: Female is usually larger than the male. Forewings are smoothly indented, not scalloped. Colors and markings are variable. Upperside of wings varies from brown to black. Forewing has wavy lines ranging from pronounced to faint; hindwing has a small to large yellow patch enclosing a single black-rimmed eyespot.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: . Several broods; from February-October in Louisiana, and from May-September elsewhere.
Wing span: 1 3/4 - 2 15/16 inches (4.5 - 7.5 cm).
Caterpillar hosts: A variety of plants including western chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), black cherry (P. serotina), sour cherry (P. cerasus), service berry (Amelanchier), and basswood (Tilia).
Adult food: Adults do not feed
Habitat: A wide variety of deciduous woodlands and wooded habitats, and suburbs.
Range: Nova Scotia and Maine south to Florida; west to British Columbia and Washington, California, and Arizona; also south into Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required. NatureServe Global Status: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Management needs: None reported

I hope the information is useful to appreciate more of this wonderful creatures.

3 comments on "Small-eyed sphinx moth"

chubskulit-rose on July 26, 2008 at 9:14 AM said...

wow, gorgeous moth...I'll show this to rylie tomorrow.. she's always fascinated with these kind of stuff..

Cahaya Hati Nurani on July 27, 2008 at 10:06 AM said...

what a nice creature !
amazing u can see it closer.

thinking abt it also reminds me to word -metamorfose-...change...I keep changing myself to be better..I hope u r too

have a great time there..

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- Kris

 

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