This moth is a very strong flier, and make its way to southern Arizona and southern California.
It is confirmed for Yavapai County and neighbouring counties.
The fringes of the upper wings are checkered black and white. The
upperside of the forewing is dark gray with black
bars and dashes and whitish patches. The upperside of the hindwing is
dark brown with pale gray at the base and has
two black transverse lines. very slight possibility
the Istar Sphinx: The upperside of the forewing is dark gray with brown tinges. A
series of narrow dashes runs from the tip to the
cell spots, and a wide black band runs from the middle of the
outer margin to the base of the wing. It flies to the
east and to the south and might be present, but is unlikely in Yavapai County.
The upperside of the forewing is dark gray with black and light gray
wavy lines. The upperside of the hindwing is black with a brownish
gray border and two white bands.
The upperside of the forewing is gray to yellowish gray to brown.
The reddish brown patch
just outside the cell and above the dashes is the most distinguishing
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. probably very rare if present
Manduca occulta can be differentiated from M. sexta
which has 2/3 black, 1/3 white checkering on the
forewing, while occulta has equal amounts of black and white
checkering. unlikely possibility
Manduca quinquemaculatus, Prescott, August, 5, 2013, Angela Roy
the Five-spotted Hawkmoth:
This species is confirmed in Yavapai County, and
has been seen in nearby counties.
I suspect if you grow tomatoes, you are likely to encounter it.
Manduca rustica, Chino Valley, July 31, 2009, Dave Hearn
This species is officially recorded in Yavapai County, and it has been
taken in other nearby counties. Look for three large yellow spots
on each side of the abdomen.
This species is recorded in Yavapai County.
If you grow tomatoes, you have probably encountered it, though.
Larvae get very large and can strip a tomato plant.
Sagenosoma elsa, south of Sedona, April 2009; May 2010; Evan Rand
This species is recorded in Yavapai 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
This species is reported in Yavapai. Larval hosts are ash,
lilac, privet, cherry, and quaking aspen.
the Doll's sphinx: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 one is quite similar to Pachysphinx modesta, with modesta
being smaller and darker.
Moths should be on the wing from June-August.
The outer margin of the forewing is quite wavy. There is a dark
cell spot and a dark oblique line mid wing from the costa almost
to the inner margin. Basic ground colour is pinkish brown.
Flight would be June-July. unlikely
USGS, the Small-eyed Sphinx
Named for the small eye-spot in the hindwing, this moth has a wide
and is confirmed in Yavapai County.
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. possibly replaced by S. ophthalmica in Arizona
This moth is widely distributed and fairly common.
Along the East Coast, it flies from P.E.I. to Florida.
It is less common in the southwest.
Larvae feed on poplars, aspen and willows.
Note different shape of double arced forewing pm line compared to the straighter pm line of cerisyi, above.
S. ophthalmica has smoother scalloping of the fw outer margin.
USGS, 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.
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. possibility as 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. possibility as stray
Enyo lugubris, the Mournful Sphinx,
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. possibility
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. possibility
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.
This species is reported in Yavapai County and in other southern
Males and females differ.
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, Rimosus Sphinx,
Female fw upperside: mostly gray brown on front
half; dark brown on rear half while male fw upperside is yellow gray or gray brown. Both sexes have wavy dark
markings. Hw upperside of both sexes is yellow with
an incomplete dark border on outer margin. possibility as 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. remote possibility
the Typhon Sphinx:
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. good possibility; found in Gila (Evan Rand)
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.
Hyles lineata, April 9, 2007, Jennifer Radloff
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.
The upperside of the forewing is uniform olive green with a darker
median band. The upperside of the hindwing
is red with an olive green border. remote possibility; unlikely
the Vega sphinx:
Jim Tuttle writes, "P. vega has a very large and dark basal
patch as the FW meets the thorax that is lacking in terlooii.
There are also three prominent longitudinal
stripes on the thorax of vega that are lacking in
The upperside of the forewing is orange-brown along the forward half, striped with dark brown and light brown along
the rear half, with dark brown bands separating the two. The
upperside of the hindwing is pale brown with dark brown
marginal and submarginal lines. remote possibility as a rare stray