Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, July 2008
Updated as per Butterflies and Moths of North America website, formerly USGS, July 17, 2010
updated as per personal communication with Ryan Saint Laurent, ongoing

The Sphingidae of Rhode Island

Amphion floridensis moth courtesy of Bill Oehlke.

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

Those moths followed by my initials (WO) are expected but not confirmed by USGS for Rhode Island. Darapsa choerilus is confirmed based on image sent to me by Chris Fagas on a referal from “What’s That Bug”, an identification service maintained by Daniel Marlos.

Many of my interpolations/extrapolations have been confirmed by Ryan Saint Laurent (RSL). Ryan has also confirmed many of the USGS sightings.

Alex Baranowski has confirmed Darapsa myron in Kingston, Rhode Island, August 26, 2016.

County by county pictoral checklists can be accessed at bottom of this page.

Sphinginae subfamily

Sphingini tribe:

Agrius cingulata WO stray
Ceratomia amyntor WO/RSL
Ceratomia catalpae WO
Ceratomia undulosa WO
Dolba hyloeus WO
Lapara bombycoides USGS
Lapara coniferarum USGS
Lintneria eremitus WO
Manduca jasminearum WO
Manduca quinquemaculatus WO
Manduca rustica WO stray
Manduca sexta USGS
Paratrea plebeja WO
Sphinx chersis WO
Sphinx drupiferarum USGS
Sphinx gordius USGS
Sphinx kalmiae WO
Sphinx poecila USGS

Smerinthini tribe:

Amorpha juglandis WO
Pachysphinx modesta WO
Paonias astylus WO
Paonias excaecata USGS/RSL
Paonias myops WO/RSL
Smerinthus cerisyi WO
Smerinthus jamaicensis WO

Macroglossinae subfamily

Dilophonotini tribe:mm

Hemaris thysbe USGS/RSL
Hemaris gracilis WO
Hemaris diffinis WO

Philampelini tribe:mm

Eumorpha achemon USGS
Eumorpha pandorus USGS

Macroglossini tribe:

Amphion floridensis WO
Da. choerilus CF/RSL
Darapsa myron AB
Darapsa versicolor WO
D. inscriptum USGS/RSL
Hyles gallii WO
Hyles lineata WO/RSL
Sphecodina abbottii WO
Xyloph. tersa WO stray

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Individual notes/thumbnails (adult moths) for Rhode Island counties. Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.






Individual notes/thumbnails (larvae/caterpillars) for Rhode Island counties. Counties will be completed as sightings arrive. Currently only those in red are active.






Darapsa choerilus, western R.I., nectaring on honeysuckle, courtesy of Chris Fagas.

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