Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, August 31, 2008

The Sphingidae of North Dakota

Hyles gallii scan by Bill Oehlke.

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Below the tables of scientific names, there is a listing of common names.

This list has been verified via the listing at
http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndsu/ndmoths/photo_gallerylist.htm#Sphingidae,
created and maintained by Dr. Gerald Fauske, collections manager, North Dakota State Insect Reference collection, NDSU, Fargo, ND. Distribution maps are available on site.

North Dakota is a transition state where many of the species common to the eastern United States have the end of their range in eastern North Dakota and some of the western species begin to appear in western N.D.. Dr. Fauske indicates the Manduca species, from further south, do not overwinter, and the single sighting of M. sexta is probably from a lab escapee. He also indicates the single record for E. anchemolus is based on a specimen that came in on some bananas, and the Erinnyis sightings are of strays.

* On the other hand, James P. Tuttle, on the distribution maps in his The Hawk Moths of North America, 2007, indicates Manduca quinquemaculatus ranges throughout the state. I have not received many larval images from North Dakota so cannot comment on possibility of breeding populations within North Dakota. The Sphingidae are strong fliers and often adult specimens are taken where there are no overwintering populations. There are many inconsistencies between the data from Tuttle and Fauske. I have indicated the distributions below based on Tuttle's work. Certainly the information on Dr. Fauske's website should also be consulted as he is the resident expert.

Dr. Fauske writes, "Hemaris gracilis does not occur in ND. The [error] is based on misdetermined H. thysbe from gardening materials brought into ND from WI. These are H. thysbe (which are in the NDSIRC) and represent a different morphotype (Tuttle Plate 5, fig. 15) than the local thysbe populations (Hodges Plate 10, figs. 17, 18) but are definitely not H. gracilis. In Hodge's key, they run to thysbe. The [erroneous] H. senta records for ND are based on material donated to the NDSIRC and AMNH by Emil Krauth. He put 'possession labels' on all of his specimens such that all manner of local and exotic leps have Hebron, ND labels. These are not locality labels. Krauth's true locality data can be found (when he bothered to do such things) on the obverse side of the possession labels or on the Hebron side hand written in India ink. Even then, he did not always put a location, and just as often, he wrote Hebron ND and a collection date on the printed Hebron labels! Anyway, the H. senta represent such 'possession label' specimens."

Based on Dr. Fauske's comments, I include neither H. senta nor H. gracilis on the North Dakota list.

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Sphinginae subfamily

Sphingini tribe:

Ceratomia amyntor T
Ceratomia catalpae NE 1/8
Ceratomia undulosa T
Lapara bombycoides XNE
Lintneria eremitus E 1/5
Manduca quinquemaculatus T*
Manduca rustica rare stray
Manduca sexta escapee ?
Sphinx canadensis XNE
Sphinx chersis T
Sphinx drupiferarum T
Sphinx gordius NE 1/2
Sphinx kalmiae NE 2/3
Sphinx luscitiosa N 1/5, W 1/4
Sphinx poecila NE 1/4
Sphinx vashti T

Smerinthini Tribe:

Amorpha juglandis SE 2/3
Pachysphinx modesta T
Pachysphinx occidentalis XW
Paonias excaecatus T
Paonias myops T
Smerinthus cerisyi T
Smerinthus jamaicensis T









Macroglossinae subfamily

Dilophonotini tribe:mm

Aellopos titan stray
Erinnyis ello rare stray
Erinnyis obscura rare stray
Hemaris diffinis T
Hemaris thysbe T







Philampelini tribe:mm

Eumorpha achemon E 3/4
E. anchemolus import
Eumorpha pandorus stray









Macroglossini tribe:

Amphion floridensis E 1/6
Darapsa choerilus NE 1/3
Darapsa myron E 4/5
Deidamia inscriptum XSE
Hyles euphorbiae T
Hyles gallii T
Hyles lineata T
Proserpinus juanita T




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Hyles euphorbiae, courtesy of Renae and Megan Seeley,
Grand Forks County, September 1, 2004

Ceratomia amyntor
Ceratomia catalpae
Ceratomia undulosa
Lapara bombycoides
Lintneria eremitus
Manduca quinquemaculatusw
Manduca rustica
Manduca sexta
Sphinx canadensis
Sphinx chersis
Sphinx drupiferarum
Sphinx gordius
Sphinx kalmiae
Sphinx luscitiosa
Sphinx poecila
Sphinx vashti

Amorpha juglandis
Pachysphinx modesta
Pachysphinx occidentalis
Paonias excaecata
Paonias myops
Snerinthus cerisyi
Smerinthus jamaicensis

Aellopos titan
Erinnyis ello
Erinnyis obscura
Hemaris diffinis
Hemaris thysbe

Eumorpha achemon
E. anchemolus
Eumorpha pandorus

Amphion floridensis
Darapsa choerilus
Darapsa myron
Deidamia inscriptum
Hyles euphorbiae
Hyles gallii
Hyles lineata
Proserpinus juanita

Elm Sphinx or Four-horned Sphinx
Catalpa Sphinx
Waved Sphinx
Northern Pine Sphinx
Hermit Sphinx
Five-spotted hawkmoth stray ??
Rustic Sphinx stray
Carolina Sphinx escapee
Canadian Sphinx
Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx
Wild Cherry Sphinx
Apple Sphinx
Laurel Sphinx
Clemens' hawkmoth
Poecila Sphinx
Snowberry Sphinx

Walnut sphinx
Poplar Sphinx or Modest Sphinx
Big Poplar Sphinx
Blinded Sphinx
Small-eyed Sphinx
Cerisyi's Sphinx
Twin-spotted sphinx

Titan sphinx/ White banded day-sphinx stray
Ello sphinx stray
Obscure sphinx stray
Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth
Hummingbird Clearwing

Achemon Sphinx
Pepper-vine sphinx import
Pandorus sphinx

Nessus Sphinx
Azalea Sphinx was pholus
Virginia Creeper or Grapevine Sphinx
Lettered Sphinx
Leafy Spurge Hawk Moth
Bedstraw Hawk Moth or Gallium Sphinx
White-lined Sphinx
Juanita Sphinx

Individual county checklists, adult moths, for western North Dakota: Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.

Divide
Renville
Golden Valley
Bowman

Burke
Bottineau
Billings
Slope
Morton

William
Ward
Dunn
Stark
Grant

McKenzie
McHenry
Mercer
Hettinger
Sioux

Mountrail
McLean
Oliver
Adams

Individual county checklists, adult moths, for eastern North Dakota: Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.

Rolette
Cavalier
Sheridan
Eddy
Barnes
Emmons

Pierce
Pembina
Burleigh
Foster
Cass
Logan

Towner
Walsh
Wells
Griggs
Ransom
McIntosh

Benson
Nelson
Kudder
Steele
Sargent
Lamoure

Ramsey
Grand Forks
Stutsman
Traill
Richland
Dickey

Individual county checklists, larvae, for western North Dakota: Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.

Divide
Renville
Golden Valley
Bowman

Burke
Bottineau
Billings
Slope
Morton

William
Ward
Dunn
Stark
Grant

McKenzie
McHenry
Mercer
Hettinger
Sioux

Mountrail
McLean
Oliver
Adams

Individual county checklists, larvae, for eastern North Dakota: Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.

Rolette
Cavalier
Sheridan
Eddy
Barnes
Emmons

Pierce
Pembina
Burleigh
Foster
Cass
Logan

Towner
Walsh
Wells
Griggs
Ransom
McIntosh

Benson
Nelson
Kudder
Steele
Sargent
Lamoure

Ramsey
Grand Forks
Stutsman
Traill
Richland
Dickey

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