Darapsa myron, June 7, 1977, Tom Middagh.
Agrius cingulata, September 24, 1981, Tom Middagh
TM Pink-spotted hawkmoth,
This species is a strong migrant and adults nectar from
deep-throated flowers including moonflower (Calonyction aculeatum),
morning glory (Convolvulus), honey suckle (Lonicera)
and petunia (Petunia species).
Ceratomia amyntor May 29, 1976, June 20, 2007, Tom Middagh
the Elm Sphinx or Four-horned Sphinx
The upperside of the forewing is brown with dark brown and white
markings including a white costal area near the wing base, dark
streaks along the veins, and a white spot in the cell.
Larvae feed on Elm (Ulmus), birch (Betula), basswood (Tilia), and cherry (Prunus).
Ceratomia undulosa, August 22, 1982, Tom Middagh
It is named for the wavy lines on the forewings.
Note black and white collar separating thorax from abdomen.
Manduca quinquemaculata, September 28, 1979, Tom Middagh
TM the Five-spotted Hawkmoth
The moth abdomen usually has five but sometimes six pairs of yellow bands. The upperside
of the forewing is blurry brown and gray. If you
grow tomatoes, you have probably encountered it.
Manduca sexta, July 30, 1976, Tom Middagh
If you grow tomatoes, you have probably encountered Manduca sexta
in the larval stage.
Larvae get very large and can strip a tomato plant.
Sphinx chersis, July 1, 1977, Tom Middagh
TM, the Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash
The upperside of the forewing is soft dark gray to
blue-gray with a series of black dashes, one of which reaches the
Larval hosts are ash, lilac, privet, cherry, and quaking aspen.
Sphinx chersis, July 17, 2004, Tom Middagh
Forewings, long and slender,
are held close to the body when the moth is at rest.
them on P.E.I., but I do not see them frequently.
Sphinx kalmiae July 2, 1983, Tom Middagh
The lower forewings are predominantly brownish-yellow with a fairly
wide dark bar along the inner margin. At rest the wings hug the body,
giving the moth a long slender look.
Pachysphinx modesta, June 20, 1979, Tom Middagh
This moth is also found in Canada. Moths have very heavy bodies.
Larvae eat poplar and willow.
Paonias excaecata, June 20, 1979, Tom Middagh
Named for the dull grey-blue spot in the hindwing, this moth has a
very wide distribution.
I regularly see them on Prince Edward Island.
Paonis myops, June 28, 1976, Tom Middagh
Named for the small eye-spot in the hindwing, this moth has a
very wide distribution.
I regularly see them on Prince Edward Island, and they are reported
as far south as Florida.
Smerinthus jamaicensis, July 25, 1976, Tom Middagh
Smerinthus jamaicensis closely resembles Smerinthus cerisyi,
but jamaicensis is much smaller with larger blue patches on more
vibrant and deeper purple in the lower wings.
Aellopos titan, September 12, 1979, Tom Middagh.
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. rare fall stray
The abdomen has very distinct gray and black bands.
Adults nectar at dusk so you may see them in the garen at that time.
possibly only as a very rare fall stray
Erinnyis obscura, October 2, 1979, Tom Middagh.
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.
rare fall stray
See Hemaris comparisons.
Hemaris thysbe, June 19, 1976, Tom Middagh.
TM, the Hummingbird Clearwing
This interesting day flier is not confirmed for Ramsey County.
They are widely distributed in the east from P.E.I. to Florida.
See Hemaris comparison
WO, the Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth
This moth is widely distributed and
might be present in Nobles County.
Eumorpha achemon, August 1, 1976, Tom Middagh.
Larvae get large and feed on grape vines and Virginia creeper.
Amphion floridensis, June 11, 1992, Tom Middagh.
This day flier is widely distributed. If you have Virginia Creeper, you
probably have the Nessus Sphinx.
Two bright, distinct, narrow yellow
bands are often visible on the abdomen.
TM, the Virginia Creeper Sphinx or the
If you have the foodplants indicated in the common names, you
probably have this species nearby. The lower wings are orange.
Deidamia inscripta, May 21, 1977, Tom Middagh.
The moth's outer margin of the forewing is deeply scalloped.
The upperside is light brown with dark brown markings.
There is a small black and white spot near the tip.
Grape (Vitis), ampelopsis (Ampelopsis), and Virginia creeper
(Parthenocissus) all serve as larval hosts.
Hyles euphorbiae, July 20, 2007, Tom Middagh.
TM, the Spurge Hawk Moth
The body is light brown with various white and dark brown
markings, while the wings have a conspicuous tan, brown, and pink or
red color pattern.
Tom Middagh confirms with adult in trap, July 20, 2007.
Hyles gallii, July 11, 1997, Tom Middagh.
TM, the Bedstraw Hawk Moth
or Gallium Sphinx
This species is not reported in Minnesota on USGS, but
Tom Middagh confirms its presence in Becker and Nobles counties.
Some years I see them on P.E.I., some years, I do not.
Hyles lineata, June 2, 1975, Tom Middagh.
TM, the White-lined Sphinx
This species is recorded in Nobles County.
It is a strong migrator from the south,
and there are records from the east and from the west.
Xylophanes tersa, August 3, 1975, Tom Middagh.
This moth is much more common to the south. It is a strong migrant,
however, and may establish itself in Nobles County periodically.