Created/dedicated as per personal communication with Mike Belcher, 2008
Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, January 24, 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Diane Grimaudo (Eumorpha achemon, Windsor, August 7, 2016); August 9, 2016
Updated as per Bamona, August 9, 2016 (still does not include ophthalmica or drupiferarum)
It is hoped that this checklist, with the thumbnails and notes, will help you quickly identify the moths you have encountered.
This page is dedicated to Mike Belcher (MB) of Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California.
Mike writes, April 14, 2008, "I saw a Smerinthus cerisyi on my front porch yesterday, April 13th. We live on Hutchinson Road, just
south of the town of Sebastopol, California, in Sonoma county. This is about an hour north of San Francisco for a point of
reference. Thought you might want to add this to your data base. Enjoyed your website."
Mike writes, April 14, 2008, "I saw a Smerinthus cerisyi on my front porch yesterday, April 13th. We live on Hutchinson Road, just south of the town of Sebastopol, California, in Sonoma county. This is about an hour north of San Francisco for a point of reference. Thought you might want to add this to your data base. Enjoyed your website."In 2010, Smerinthus ophthalmica, which had been synonymized with Smerinthus cerisyi, was given full species status based on DNA barcoding results. Those specimens from Sonoma, previously thought to be S. cerisyi, are more likely Smerinthus ophthalmica. Bill Oehlke
A USGS indicates the moth is reported on the USGS website and/or in Moths of Western North America, #2. Distribution of Sphingidae of Western North America, revised, an excellent little booklet available through Paul Opler.
Many thanks to Diane Grimaudo who provides the image of Eumorpha achemon at the top of the page.
Diane writes, "This moth just showed up on my softball bag yesterday in Windsor California. I had never seen anything like it and wanted to see if I could find out about it and read your page. Very interesting moth. They are docile; I couldn't get it off of my bag we even try getting it to fly off by using a stick and it would budge. We were able to spread its wings and see the red color, it's pretty cool."
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