This moth is a very strong flier, and makes its way to
southern Arizona and southern California. possible stray
The upperside of the moth is soft greenish gray; the forewing has a
small green to white cell spot, and the hindwing has black bands
and a black patch at the base.
the Five-spotted Hawkmoth
The moth abdomen usually has five but sometimes six pairs of yellow bands/spots.
The upperside of the forewing is blurry brown and gray.
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. possible stray
If you grow tomatoes, you have probably encountered it.
Larvae get very large and can strip a tomato plant.
This species is recorded in Mohave County.
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 upperside of the forewing is pale silver-gray with a series of
black dashes, a white patch at the tip, and a white stripe along the
outer margin. The upperside of the hindwing is black with blurry
the Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx
The upperside of the forewing is soft dark gray to blue-gray with a series of
black dashes, one of which reaches the wing tip. The upperside of the hindwing is black with blurry pale gray bands.
Sphinx dollii (Wing span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/2 inches (4.5 - 6.3 cm)),
flies in arid brushlands and desert foothills from Nevada and
southern California east through Utah,
Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico to Oklahoma and Texas.
The upperside of the forewing is pale blue-gray to dark gray with a black dash reaching the wing tip and
a white stripe along the lower outer margin.
The upperside of the hindwing is black with two diffuse white
bands, the upper one being practically non-existent.
This species is has been reported in Mohave County.
Adults fly as a single brood in the desert and in pinyon-juniper
woodland from May to August.
The upperside of the forewing has a narrow black subterminal line
bordered by a white inverted V-shaped line on the outside, and a
black line running inwards from the apex of the wing.
It is most often found in montane woodlands and along streamcourses.
Pachysphinx occidentalis, Wikieup, Mohave County, northwestern Arizona,
This one is quite similar to Pachysphinx modesta, with modesta
being smaller and darker.
Moths should be on the wing from June-August.
September 24, 2008, courtesy of Bill Wohlenhaus.
Named for the small eye-spot in the hindwing, this moth has a wide
and is confirmed in Yavapai County.
USGS, 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.
The body is dark brown with a wide white
band across the abdomen. Wings are dark brown. The forewing has a
black cell spot and 3 white spots near the pale brown marginal
area. possible stray
The body is dark brown with a wide white stripe across the abdomen.
The wings are dark brown. It is very similar to above species, but the
upperside of the hindwing has
pale patches along the costa and inner margin.
The body and wings are dark brown. The forewing has a large black
patch covering most of the outer half of the wing. There is a pale
tan cell spot (dark inner pupil), and a fairly straight median line
to the inside of the cell spot. possible stray
The upperside of the forewing is dark brown with short yellowish
streaks on the forward half and wavy yellowish bands on the rear
The upperside of the hindwing is bright yellow with a wide
dark brown border. possible stray
The upperside of the abdomen is gray, without black bands, and
the underside does not have black spots. The upperside of the
forewing is dark brown, and may have pale yellow-brown patches
along the inner edge.
Erinnyis ello WO, the Ello Sphinx:
Abdomen has very distinct gray and black bands. Female's forewing upperside is pale gray with a few dark dots near outer margin. Male's forewing
upperside is dark gray and brown with black band running from base to tip. Hw upperside is orange with wide black border.
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.
Hemaris thetis WO, 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.
Isognathus rimosa, the Rimosus Sphinx,
The upperside of female forewing is mostly gray brown on the front
half and dark brown on the rear half while the upperside of male
forewing is yellow gray or gray brown. Both sexes have wavy dark
markings. The upperside of the hindwing of both sexes is yellow with
an incomplete dark border on the outer margin. possible stray
This moth is officially reported for Yavapai County.
Eumorpha achemon larvae feed upon Grape (Vitis),
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
and other vines and ivies (Ampelopsis).
The Satellite Sphinx Moth, Eumorpha
satellitia satellitia flies in Jamaica and from Mexico to
Ecuador and further south into Bolivia. possible stray
The upperside of wings is deep red-brown with pale brown bands. Each
hindwing has pink along the costal margin and a triangular white spot
on the outer part of the inner margin. possible stray
The upperside of the moth is dark pinkish brown. Each forewing has a
lighter brown band along the costa, and sharp pinkish white bands and
streaks. The hindwing has a pink patch on the inner margin.
the White-lined Sphinx
The white lines on the body and forewings are striking.
Even in flight, the broad pink area on the hindwings is visible.
Larvae can be quite varied.
The upperside of the forewing is pale gray-green with a deep
green-brown median area and a white dash at the wing tip.