Camden County, New Jersey
Paratrea plebeja, New Jersey,
Jesse Donovan (JD).
Forty-four Sphingidae species are listed for New Jersey on the U.S.G.S.
website. Not all of the species are reported or anticipated in
Camden County (only one is reported on U.S.G.S.up to July 16, 2007). 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 Camden County, but I
(William Oehlke) expect that this moth is present or
might be present.
indicates the moth is reported on the USGS website and/or 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.
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Ceratomia amyntor WO,
the Elm Sphinx or Four-horned Sphinx
This moth is officially recorded in Gloucester, courtesy of Jesse
Larvae feed on Elm (Ulmus), birch (Betula), basswood (Tilia), and
This species is now recorded for Gloucester.
I have seen them in great numbers in other New Jersey counties.
The larvae feed in large groups and are much more
spectacular than the moths. Catalpa is the larval host.
This moth is not recorded in Gloucester. I have seen them as far north as P.E.I. in
eastern Canada, and took them in New Jersey.
It is named for the
wavy lines on the forewings.
This moth is not recorded in Gloucester. It is widely reported in
other New Jersey counties and in Connecticut.
This moth is not reported from Gloucester.
If you have pines, you
probably have this species. It flies on P.E.I.
This moth is reported from Gloucester, and it is widely reported in
New Jersey and along the coast in Connecticut and Masachusetts.
If you've got pines, this species is likely present.
This species is not reported in Gloucester. Generally it is not
widely reported, but still is a remote possibility.
This species is now officially recorded in Gloucester, courtesy of
It is reported in New Jersey, southeastern New York and Connecticut.
It might be present in Cape May County.
the Five-spotted Hawkmoth
This species is now officially recorded (JD) in Gloucester , and
has been seen in nearby counties.
I suspect if you grow tomatoes, you are likely to encounter it.
WO, the Rustic Sphinx
This species is now recorded (Jesse Donovan) in Gloucester, and it
has been taken in counties in northeastern and central eastern New
Jersey. It may migrate or produce one brood in N.J. each summer.
Look for three large yellow spots on each side of the abdomen.
This species is now recorded in Gloucester by Jesse Donovan.
If you grow tomatoes, you have probably encountered it, though.
Larvae get very large and can strip a tomato plant.
The upperside of the forewing is gray with indistinct black and
white markings. There is a series of black dashes
from the base to the tip, and a small white cell spot.
WO, the Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx
This species is not reported in Gloucester. Larval hosts are ash,
lilac, privet, cherry, and quaking aspen. unlikely
This species is not officially reported in Gloucester. We have them
on P.E.I., but I do not see them nearly as frequently
as I see the other Sphingidae.
This species is not reported in Gloucester, and generally it is
not widely reported anywhere. Similar to S. kalmiae but lacks the dark bar
along the fw inner margin.
This species is not reported in Gloucester. Generally it is
widely reported in neighbouring counties.
Note the pm line, absent in Sphinx poecila which flies
more to the north.
This species is not officially reported in Gloucester.
I have taken them on P.E.I., Canada, and reared them on
At rest the hindwings are usually completely covered.
This moth is fairly widely reported to the north and east
and is now confirmed in Gloucester.
This is the first Sphinx species I reared as a boy in New Jersey.
See the file for the female; she is different.
the Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx
This moth is not officially recorded in Gloucester County. It is fond
of poplars and
They are common on Prince Edward Island.
This appears to be an uncommon species.
They are now officially
recorded for Gloucester, courtesy of Jesse Donavan.
Named for the dull grey-blue spot (minus dark pupil) in the hindwing,
this moth has a wide distribution and is probably common in Gloucester
I regularly see them on Prince Edward Island, and they are reported
as far south as Florida.
Named for the small eye-spot in the hindwing, this moth has a wide distribution
and is probably common in Gloucester County.
I regularly see them on Prince Edward Island, and they are reported
as far south as Florida.
This moth is widely distributed and fairly common.
Along the East Coast, it flies from P.E.I. to Florida.
WO, the Hummingbird Clearwing
This interesting day flier is reported in Gloucester, and
is widely reported to the north, east and west.
They are widely distributed in the east from P.E.I. to Florida.
Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth
This moth is widespread but has not been officially recorded in
Gloucester. It has been confirmed in northwestern N.J. and southeastern N.Y. and Connecticut.
Slender Clearwing or Graceful Clearwing
This day-flying moth is less common and has not been recorded in
Gloucester, but has been seen in northeastern N.J. and
southeastern N.Y. unlikely
This moth is not officially reported for Gloucester, but
it is fairly often reported
along the coast from southern New Jersey
to central Maine.
Note the differences between this moth and the Pandorus Sphinx.
If you have Grape or Virginia Creeper nearby, then you probably have
I often get asked to identify larvae from areas not
This day flier is widely distributed. If you have Virginia Creeper, you
probably have the Nessus Sphinx. It is reported from
Two bright, distinct, narrow yellow
bands are often visible on the abdomen.
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.
It is not officially confirmed
WO, the Virginia
Creeper Sphinx or the Grapevine Sphinx
This moth is not recorded on the U.S.G.S. site for Gloucester County,
but Jesse Donavan confirms its presence.
If you have the foodplants indicated in the common names, you probably have this
If you have hydrangea growing near a stream, then you may have the
It has not been reported in Gloucester County, but I suspect it is
This species has not been officialy recorded in Gloucester.
Grape (Vitis), ampelopsis (Ampelopsis), and Virginia creeper
(Parthenocissus) all serve as larval hosts.
WO, the White-lined Sphinx
This species is now officially reported from Gloucester County by
Jesse Donovan. It has
strong migrating tendancies from much further south.
There are records from New Hampshire and Maine.
This moth is very much under reported across the United States. It
is a rapid day flier so is probably not in too many collections.
Grape is a popular larval host. It is likely in Gloucester County.
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