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Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)


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

 Updated: 8/14/2018; 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.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Sphingidae
          Genus: Paonias
            Species: myops
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Paonias myops
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 45mm to 75mm (1.76in to 2.93in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; yellow; black; orange; blue; white
Descriptors: flying, hairy, eyespots
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Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
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Note: 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 as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.




Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of a common North American butterfly and moth insect
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.