Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, August 30, 2008
Updated as per Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, September 5, 2010, Eumorpha fasciatus sighting on Bug Guide; September 5, 2010
Links complete for all counties, adult to larvae and vice-versa, to Catocala, and to all countries in the Americas, August 7, 2014
Updated as per personal communication with Joe Garris, June 5, 2015 (Sphinx poecila in Sussex County); June 6, 2015

The Sphingidae of New Jersey

Manduca sexta sexta by Thomas Hörbrand.

Click on one of the Scientific names to see images and access information. N.B., the files are not linked back to this page. To return to this index, simply use your browser back button.

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

I hope to shortly begin creating and posting county by county pictoral checklists. See bottom of page. If you have sighting data or images, please forward same to Bill Oehlke.

Most of the New Jersey Sphingidae species can be found with breeding populations throughout (T) the state. A few are strays from further south. Although the adult moths might be encountered occasionally, larvae of the stray species would not be found in New Jersey.

A few species have only a limited range into New Jersey and probably would not be common such as Sphinx luscitiosa in the extreme northern (XN) portions of the state.

Xylophanes tersa might be found in the southern half (S 1/2) of the state. I did take a Xylophanes tersa moth at a black light in Pottersville, (Hunterdon County), northwestern New Jersey, but I do not think larvae would be encountered that far north.

Sphinginae subfamily

Sphingini tribe:

Agrius cingulata stray
Ceratomia amyntor T
Ceratomia catalpae T
Ceratomia undulosa T
Cocytius antaeus stray
Dolba hyloeus T
Lapara bombycoides T
Lapara coniferarum T
Lintneria eremitus T
Manduca jasminearum T
Manduca quinquemaculatus Twwwwwwwwwwwwww
Manduca rustica stray
Manduca sexta T
Paratrea plebeja T
Sphinx chersis T
Sphinx drupiferarum T
Sphinx franckii T
Sphinx gordius T
Sphinx kalmiae T
Sphinx luscitiosa XN
Sphinx poecila XNW

Smerinthini Tribe:

Amorpha juglandis T
Pachysphinx modesta T
Paonias astylus T
Paonias excaecata T
Paonias myops T
Smerinthus cerisyi XNW?
Smerinthus jamaicensis T

Macroglossinae subfamily

Dilophonotini tribe:mm

Enyo lugubris stray
Erinnyis alope stray
Erinnyis ello stray
Hemaris thysbe T
Hemaris gracilis T
Hemaris diffinis T

Philampelini tribe:mm

Eumorpha achemon T
Eumorpha fasciatus stray
Eumorpha pandorus T

Macroglossini tribe:

Amphion floridensis T
Cautethia grotei stray
Darapsa choerilus T
Darapsa myron T
Darapsa versicolor T
Deidamia inscriptum T
Hyles gallii XN
Hyles lineata T
Sphecodina abbottii T
Xylophanes tersa S 1/2

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Agrius cingulata stray
Ceratomia amyntor
Ceratomia catalpae
Ceratomia undulosa
Cocytius antaeus stray
Dolba hyloeus
Lapara bombycoides
Lapara coniferarum
Lintneria eremitus
Manduca jasminearum
Manduca quinquemaculatusw
Manduca rustica
Manduca sexta
Paratrea plebeja
Sphinx chersis
Sphinx drupiferarum
Sphinx franckii
Sphinx gordius
Sphinx kalmiae
Sphinx luscitiosa
Sphinx poecila

Amorpha juglandis
Pachysphinx modesta
Paonias astylus
Paonias excaecata
Paonias myops
Smerinthus cerisyi ?
Smerinthus jamaicensis

Enyo lugubris stray
Erinnyis alope stray
Erinnyis ello stray
Hemaris thysbe
Hemaris gracilis
Hemaris diffinis

Eumorpha achemon
Eumorpha fasciatus stray
Eumorpha pandorus

Amphion floridensis
Cautethia grotei stray
Darapsa choerilus
Darapsa myron
Darapsa versicolor
Deidamia inscriptum
Hyles gallii
Hyles lineata
Sphecodina abbottii
Xylophanes tersa

Pink-spotted Hawkmoth
Elm Sphinx or Four-horned Sphinx
Catalpa Sphinx
Waved Sphinx
Giant Sphinx
Pawpaw Sphinx
Northern Pine Sphinx
Southern Pine Sphinx
Hermit sphinx
Ash Sphinx
Five-spotted hawkmoth
Rustic Sphinx
Carolina Sphinx, Six-spotted hawkmoth
Plebeian sphinx
Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx
Wild Cherry Sphinx
Franck's Sphinx
Apple Sphinx
Laurel Sphinx
Canadian Sphinx
Poecila Sphinx

Walnut sphinx
Poplar Sphinx or Modest Sphinx
Huckleberry Sphinx
Blinded Sphinx
Small-eyed Sphinx
Cerisyi's Sphinx, maybe
Twin-spotted Sphinx

Mournful Sphinx
Alope Sphinx
Ello Sphinx
Hummingbird Clearwing
Slender Clearwing or Graceful Clearwing
Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth

Achemon Sphinx
Banded Sphinx
Pandorus Sphinx

Nessus Sphinx
Grote's Sphinx
Azalea Sphinx pholus
Virginia Creeper or Grapevine Sphinx
Hydrangea Sphinx
Lettered Sphinx
Bedstraw Hawk Moth or Gallium Sphinx
White-lined Sphinx
Abbott's Sphinx
Tersa Sphinx

Individual county checklists (thumbnails of moths): Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.





Cape May

Individual county checklists (thumbnails of larvae): Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.





Cape May

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