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    Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth - (Paonias myops)

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

    Staff Writer (6/8/2017): 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.

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    Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth

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

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 45mm to 75mm (1.77in to 2.95in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; yellow; black; orange; blue; white

    Additional Descriptors: flying, hairy, eyespots

    North American 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

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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