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Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 6/8/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth  
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Picture of Small-eyed-Sphinx-Moth Picture of Small-eyed-Sphinx-Moth

The Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth is quite large with vivid blue eyes on their hindwings.

A member of the Hawk Moth family, the size of this species is startling. Females can average 3" while males are usually smaller. The orange stripe on its back is akin to a mohawk. Small black and blue eyespots are on each hindwing and they are visible when the wings are open (flat). Their dark brown 'coat' contrasts with their white antennae. Their preferred habitats include forests and fields.

The green caterpillar has a spiny horn on one end. It also has thin yellow angled lines on the sides of its body. It feeds on a variety of trees and vines: cherry, hawthorn, serviceberry and grape. They emerge as moths late-spring and summer, flying into lights like most moths do. In warmer states, they may be active year-round.

Picture of the Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
Picture of the Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth

Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth Information

Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common Name: Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
Scientific Name: Paonias myops

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Lepidoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Sphingidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Paonias
       Arrow graphic Species: myops

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 45 mm to 75 mm (1.755 inches to 2.925 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; black; orange; blue; white
Additional Descriptors: flying, hairy, eyespots

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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