Smerinthus cerisyi,<br>Cerisyi's Sphinx

Smerinthus ophthalmica
Boisduval, 1855

Smerinthus ophthalmica, Canyon, British Columbia, Canada,
June 13, 2013, courtesy of Elaine Dixon.

Elaine writes, "I had been trying to find the proper name for a beautiful moth we recently discovered one morning on the concrete pad in front of our garage and found your email address on a site along with photos of the Cerisy's Sphinx moth.

"Attached are two photos we took of the moth on the morning of June 13, 2013. We live in Canyon, British Columbia, just a few kilometers SE of Creston, BC.

"A website from the United Kingdom showed a very similar moth there called the Poplar Hawk-moth. Might it be one and the same type?

"You may use these photos on your site. "

I reply, "The Sphingidae is indeed Smerinthus ophthalmica, and it is different from the UK species. Thanks."

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, 1802
Tribe: Smerinthini, Grote & Robinson, 1865
Genus: Smerinthus Latreille, 1802........
Species: ophthalmica Boisduval, 1855


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