Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, August 30, 2008
Updated with H. thetis in extreme western Wyoming, August 2009
Ongoing updates as per BAMONA website
Updated as per personal communication with Beth McCoy (Eumorpha achemon, Billings, Yellowstone Co., August 14, 2011); August 15, 2011.

The Sphingidae of Montana

Sphinx perelegans courtesy of T. W. Davies.

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Please help me improve this site by sending sighting data (species; location [county]; date) to
Bill Oehlke
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Images are also greatly appreciated and will be used and credited (with permission) on county pictoral checklist. see bottom of this page. I will attempt to identify any Sphingidae larvae or adults that are unknown to you.

The documentation of Eumorpha achemon in south central Montana indicates a significant westward entension of the range of E. achemon compared to the map range in James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, an excellent resource.

Eumorpha achemon fifth instar, Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana,
August 15, 2011, courtesy of Beth McCoy.

Sphinginae subfamily

Sphingini Tribe:

Ceratomia amyntor NE 1/8
Ceratomia undulosa NE 2/5
Manduca quinquemaculatus NE 1/8 mmmmm
Sphinx chersis NE 2/5
Sphinx drupiferarum T
Sphinx gordius XNE
Sphinx kalmiae XNE
Sphinx luscitiosa E 4/5
Sphinx perelegans XNW
Sphinx poecila XNW?
Sphinx vashti T

Smerinthini Tribe:

Pachysphinx modesta T
Pachy. occidentalis SW 4/5
Paonias excaecata ab SW 1/8
Paonias myops T
Smerinthus cerisyi T
Smerinthus jamaicensis XN
Smerinthus ophthalmica




Macroglossinae subfamily

Dilophonotini Tribe:mm

Hemaris diffinis T
Hemaris senta SW 1/2
sents might be same as thetis
Hemaris thetis EX W
Hemaris thysbe E 1/4


Philampelini Tribe:mm

E. achemon SC






Macroglossini Tribe:

Hyles euphorbiae E 3/4
Hyles gallii T
Hyles lineata T
Pro. flavofasciata SW 2/5
Pro. juanita NE 1/2


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Common Names

Four-horned Sphinx Ceratomia amyntor
Waved Sphinx Ceratomia undulosa
Five-spotted Hawk Moth Manduca quinquemaculata
Great ash sphinx Sphinx chersis
Wild cherry sphinx Sphinx drupiferarum
Apple Sphinx Sphinx gordius extreme northeast
Laurel Sphinx Sphinx kalmiae extreme northeast
Clemens' Sphinx Sphinx luscitiosa
Elegant Sphinx Sphinx perelegans extreme northwest
Poecila Sphinx Sphinx poecila maybe in extreme northwest
Vashti sphinx Sphinx vashti

Modest sphinx Pachysphinx modesta
Big poplar sphinx Pachysphinx occidentalis
Blinded sphinx Paonias excaecata
Small-eyed sphinx Paonias myops
One-eyed sphinx Smerinthus cerisyi
Twin-spotted Sphinx Smerinthus jamaicenis extreme north, along border

Snowberry clearwing Hemaris diffinis
Rocky Mountain clearwing Hemaris senta
Hummingbird Clearwing Hemaris thysbe

Achemon Sphinx Eumorpha achemon

Leafy spurge hawkmoth Hyles euphorbiae
Bedstraw hawkmoth Hyles gallii
White-lined sphinx Hyles lineata
Yellow-banded sphinx Proserpinus flavofasciata
Juanita Sphinx Proserpinus juanita

Hyles euphorbiae, Great Falls (Cascade Co.), Montana, July 29, 2006, courtesy of Ingrid Ryder.

Individual county checklists: Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.

The following counties are west of the Continental Divide: Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, Granite, Beaverhead.

Western Montana

Lincoln
Toole
Mineral
Lewis and Clark
Beaverhead
Gallatin

Flathead
Liberty
Missoula
Cascade
Deer Lodge
Park

Glacier
Hill
Powell
Judith Basin
Silver Bow
Wheatland

Sanders
Pondera
Ravalli
Broadwater
Jefferson
Sweet Grass

Lake
Chouteau
Granite
Meagher
Madison
Stillwater

Western Montana: Sphingidae Larvae

Lincoln
Toole
Mineral
Lewis and Clark
Beaverhead
Gallatin

Flathead
Liberty
Missoula
Cascade
Deer Lodge
Park

Glacier
Hill
Powell
Judith Basin
Silver Bow
Wheatland

Sanders
Pondera
Ravalli
Broadwater
Jefferson
Sweet Grass

Lake
Chouteau
Granite
Meagher
Madison
Stillwater

Eastern Montana Adult Moths

Blaine
Daniels
Golden Valley
Dawson
Carbon

Phillips
Sheridan
Musselshell
Wilbaux
Yellowstone

Fergus
Roosevelt
Treasure
Custer
Big Horn

Petroleum
McCone
Rosebbud
Fallon
Powder River

Valley
Richland
Prairie
Carter

Eastern Montana Larvae

Blaine
Daniels
Golden Valley
Dawson
Carbon

Phillips
Sheridan
Musselshell
Wilbaux
Yellowstone

Fergus
Roosevelt
Treasure
Custer
Big Horn

Petroleum
McCone
Rosebbud
Fallon
Powder River

Valley
Richland
Prairie
Carter

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Bonnie Hickey (Cashman Nursery), writes, August 2, 2007, "I have enjoyed watching these caterpillars on my Euphorbia mysinites in my yard in Bozeman (Gallatin County), Montana, for the past several summers. They do not feed on the Euphorbia polychroma or griffithii, however. I was planning to remove some of the Euphorbias but have decided to control seedlings with Preen instead so that I can continue to watch all the color stages of these caterpillars in future years!"

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