Ceratomia amyntor USGS, Elm Sphinx, Four-horned Sphinx:
Brown with dark brown and white markings including white costal area near wing base, dark
streaks along veins, white spot in cell. Hw light brown, dark brown band along outer margin.
Ceratomia catalpae WO, Catalpa Sphinx:
Yellowish brown with no white markings, indistinct
black lines, dashes. Cell spot gray with black outline, hindwing is yellowish brown with obscure lines. Catalpa.
Ceratomia undulosa WO, Waved Sphinx:
Pale brownish gray (sometimes dark) with wavy black
and white lines and black-outlined white cell spot. Hw gray with diffuse darker bands.
Lapara bombycoides USGS, Northern Pine Sphinx:
The upperside of the forewing is gray with heavy black bands. Hw brownish gray with no markings.
Lintneria eremitus WO, Hermit Sphinx:
The upperside of the forewing is gray-brown with wavy lines, black dashes, and one or two small white spots near the center of the costa.
Manduca quinquemaculatus USGS Five-spotted Hawkmoth.
Abdomen usually has five but sometimes six pairs of yellow
bands. Fw: blurry brown and gray. Hw banded with brown and white and has two
well-separated median zigzag bands.
Manduca sexta WO, Carolina Sphinx:
Abdomen usually has six pairs of yellow bands, broken across back. Sixth set quite small.
Fw: indistinct black, brown, white markings.
If you grow tomatoes, you have probably encountered it.
Larvae can strip a tomato plant.
Sphinx canadensis WO,
Canadian Sphinx: Absence of white spot on each forewing, more brownish coloration serve to separate S. canadensis from
S. poecila. Hw fringe also tends to be white on poecila; checkered brownish on canadensis.
USGS, Northern Ash Sphinx, Great Ash
Sphinx: Fw soft dark gray to blue-gray with series of black dashes, one of which reaches wing tip. Hw: black with blurry pale gray bands.
Ash, lilac, privet, cherry, quaking aspen.
Sphinx drupiferarum WO, Wild Cherry Sphinx:
Costal area light grey in basal, median areas. Terminal, marginal areas also light grey.
Rest of forewing dark slatey grey.
Sphinx poecila WO, Poecila Sphinx:
If you have blueberries, then you might have poecila. unlikely
Sphinx vashti WO, Snowberry Sphinx:
Fw: narrow black subterminal line bordered by white inverted V-shaped line on outside,
black line running inwards from apex of wing.
Most often found in montane woodlands, along streamcourses.
Amorpha juglandis WO, Walnut Sphinx:
Highly variable; sometimes wings may be all one color or
may have several colors, ranging from pale to dark brown, may have white or pink tinge. Patterns range from faint to pronounced.
Pachysphinx modesta WO, Modest Sphinx. Poplar Sphinx:
This moth has a large, heavy body, and females can be remarkably plump.
Lines are diffuse and the forewing has darker and lighter grey to brown areas.
Named for the dull grey-blue spot in the hindwing, this moth has a
wide distribution and should be present in Olmsted County.
I regularly see them on Prince Edward Island.
USGS, the Small-eyed Sphinx
Named for the small eye-spot in the hindwing, this moth has a wide
distribution and is confirmed in Olmsted County.
I regularly see them on Prince Edward Island, and they are reported
as far south as Florida.
At my home in Montague, P.E.I., Canada, they are quite common.
This is a very easy species to rear.
USGS, the Twin-spotted Sphinx:
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.
WO, the Titan Sphinx:
The body is dark brown with a wide white stripe across the abdomen.
The wings are dark brown. The upperside of the hindwing has
pale patches along the costa and inner margin.
rare summer/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.
probably only as a stray
USGS, the Hummingbird Clearwing:
This interesting day flier is confirmed for Olmsted County.
They are widely distributed in the east from P.E.I. to Florida.
USGS, the Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth:
This moth is widely distributed and is confirmed
for Olmsted County.
Eumorpha pandorus, Rochester, jJly 25, 2014, Alex Hagen
Eumorpha pandorus WO/AH, the Pandorus Sphinx:
If you have Grape or Virginia Creeper nearby, then you probably have this species.
I often get asked to identify larvae from areas where they have not previously been reported.
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.
Darapsa choerilus WO, the Azalea Sphinx:
They are common in New Jersey and common
here on Prince Edward Island.
You will often see this species listed as Darapsa pholus,
especially in older literature.
USGS, the Virginia Creeper Sphinx or the
The forewing upperside is dark brown to pale yellowish gray, with an
On the costal margin there is a dark rectangular patch, although this
may be reduced or absent. The upperside of the hindwing is pale
Deidamia inscriptum WO,
the Lettered Sphinx:
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.
The upperside of the hindwing is orange-brown with a dark brown outer margin and median line.
Hyles gallii WO, Bedstraw Hawk Moth, Gallium Sphinx:
This species is not reported in Minnesota by USGS, but I expect it is present. Some years I see them on P.E.I., some years, I do not.
Hyles euphorbiae WO, Spurge Hawk Moth:
Body light brown with various white and dark brown markings, while wings have conspicuous tan, brown, pink or red color pattern.
Hyles lineata larvae, August 21, 2006, courtesy of Cristine Charlesworth.
CC/USGS, White-lined Sphinx:
Dark olive brown with paler brown along costa and outer margin, narrow tan band running from wing tip
to base, white streaks along veins.
Sphecodina abbottii WO, Abbott's Sphinx:
This moth is very much under reported. It is a rapid day flier so is probably not in too many collections. Grape is a popular larval host.