Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, September 19, 2011
Updated as per BAMONA, September 19, 2011
La Paz County, Arizona
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Bill Oehlke at email@example.com
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information/sightings are welcomed by Bill.
Fifty-nine Sphingidae species are listed for Arizona on the BAMONA
website as of September 19, 2011. Not all of the species are reported or anticipated in
La Paz County (Two are reported on BAMONA as of September 19, 2011). It is hoped
that this checklist, with the thumbnails and notes, will help you
quickly identify the moths you are likely to encounter.
A "WO" after the species name indicates that
I (William Oehlke) expect that this moth is present or
might be present, although unreported.
A "BAMONA" indicates the moth is confirmed
on USGS site.
Please help me develop this list with improved, documented accuracy
by sending sightings (species, date, location), preferably with an
electronic image, via email to
Please also forward your sightings to BAMONA.
This moth is a very strong flier, and make its way to
southern Arizona and southern California.
I suspect if you grow tomatoes, you are likely to encounter it.
The abdomen of the adult moth has three pairs of yellow spots. The upperside of the forewing is yellowish brown to deep chocolate brown with a dusting of white
scales and zigzagged black and white lines.
WO, the Carolina Sphinx.
The abdomen usually has six pairs of yellow bands, broken across the back. The sixth set of markings is quite small.
The upperside of the forewing has indistinct black, brown, and white markings.
If you grow tomatoes, you have probably encountered it, though.
Larvae get very large and can strip a tomato plant.
The upperside of the forewing has a wide white band along the costa
from base to apex. The remainder of the wing has black and white
the Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx
This species is reported in Pima. Larval hosts are ash,
lilac, privet, cherry, and quaking aspen.
This one is quite similar to Pachysphinx modesta, with modesta
being smaller and darker.
Moths should be on the wing from June-August.
BAMONA, the Small-eyed Sphinx
Named for the small eye-spot in the hindwing, this moth has a wide
WO, the Cerisyi's
Sphinx or One-eyed Sphinx,
Larvae feed on poplars and willows.
Flight would be from late May-July as a single brood.
WO, the Salicet
Sphinx, flies in valleys and along streamsides from Mexico City north
to west Texas, southern Arizona, and extreme southern California.
Larvae feed on poplars and willows.
Flight would be from late April-September, probably as a double brood.
This species is reported in Pima County and in other southern
Males and females differ. rare
During the night adults nectar at flowers, including bouncing bet
(Saponaria officinalis) and Asystasia gangetica beginning at dusk.
July and August are flight times in the southern states.
the Thetis Clearwing or Bee Hawk Moth,
The moth flies along forest edges and in meadows, gardens and
brushy fields. Day-flying adults nectar at lantana, dwarf bush honeysuckle,
snowberry, orange hawkweed, thistles, lilac, Canada violet, etc.
This moth is officially reported for Pima County.
Eumorpha achemon larvae feed upon Grape (Vitis),
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
and other vines and ivies (Ampelopsis).
Adults nectar at flowers during the warm parts of the day.
Euproserpinus phaeton adults fly swiftly and close to the ground over
dry washes and flat areas in deserts as a single brood from
the White-lined Sphinx
Adam Fleishman reports many August 11-21 in Tucson, Arizona.
David Bygott sent a larva image in April.
Larvae can be quite varied.
Enjoy some of nature's wonderments, giant silk moth cocoons.
These cocoons are for sale winter and fall. Beautiful Saturniidae moths will emerge the following spring and summer.
Read Actias luna rearing article.
Additional online help available.
Eggs of many North American species are offered during the spring and summer. Occasionally
summer Actias luna and summer Antheraea polyphemus cocoons are available. Shipping to US destinations is done
from with in the US.
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