Created/dedicated as per personal communication with Ian Miller; July 29, 2013
Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America; July 29, 2013
Updated as per BAMONA; July 29, 2013
Ian writes, "Bill,
"Feel free to use this photo as you wish. This was from July 8th in Cook County, MN. The sphinx liked settling between the cabin and the sheet so many are not visible in this photograph. I believe the new moon occurred during this night.
"The sphingidae species include: Smerinthus cerysi, Smerinthus jamaicensis, Paonias myops, Paonias excaecatus, Darapsa myron, Pachysphinx modesta, Sphinx poecila, Sphinx kalimae, Sphinx canadensis, Hyles gallii, and Hyles euphorbiae.
"I have Hyles gallii larva on fireweed right now (July 22, 2013); Smerinthus cerysi on birch willow and aspen and Sphinx kalmiae on lilac (also on white ash).
"I did manage to obtain half dozen Hyles euphorbiae ova but have no leafy spurge, and they declined flowering spurge fireweed and primrose. Figured I would attempt some other hosts for fun.
Thirty-seven Sphingidae species are listed for Minnesota on the BAMONA website. Not all of the species are reported or anticipated in Cook County (only Hemaris diffinis is reported on BAMONA as of July 29, 2013). 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 have no confirmed reports of this species in your county, but I (William Oehlke) expect that this moth is present or might be present. I have included many species not on the USGS list for Minnesota; I believe they are or might be present.
A "BAMONA" indicates the moth is reported in Lepidoptera of North America, #1. Distribution of Silkmoths (Saturniidae) and Hawkmoths (Sphingidae) of Eastern North America, an excellent little booklet available through Paul Opler, or on BAMONA website.
Please help me develop this list with improved, documented accuracy by sending sightings (species, date, location), preferably with an electronic image, via email to Bill Oehlke.
Please also send your sightings to BAMONA, an excellent on-line resource.
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