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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.