Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, September 5, 2008
Updated as per personal communication with Joe Garris, July 23, 2012; Sphinx poecila; June 6, 2015
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Manduca jasminearum, Ash Sphinx Moth, 7/15/2006;
Dolba hyloeus, Pawpaw Sphinx Moth, 6/27/2006;
Ceratomia amyntor, Elm Sphinx, 7/20/2007;
Ceratomia undulosa, Waved Sphinx Moth, 7/13/2005;
Sphinx chersis, Great Ash Sphinx Moth, 7/8/2010; 2014;
Lintneria eremitus, Eremitus Spinx, 8/1/2010;
Sphinx kalmiae, Laurel Sphinx Moth, 7/25/2006;
Sphinx gordius/poecila, Apple Sphinx Moth, 6/1/2006;
Lapara coniferarum, Pine Sphinx Moth, 7/14/2006;
Lapara bombycoides, Northern Pine Sphinx Moth, 7/11/2005;
Smerinthus jamaicensis, Twin-spotted Sphinx Moth, 6/4/2007;
Paonias excaeacata, Blinded Sphinx Moth, 7/8/2005;
Paonias myops, Small-eyed Sphinx Moth, 7/23/2005;
Paonias astylus, Huckleberry Sphinx, 6/18/2006;
Amorpha juglandis, Walnut Sphinx Moth, 5/27/2006;
Pachysphinx modesta, Big Poplar [Modest] Sphinx Moth, 5/30/2006;
Hemaris thysbe, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, 7/28/2006;
Hemaris diffinis, Snowberry Clearwing Moth, 7/25/2007;
Eumorpha pandorus, Pandorus Sphinx Moth, 7/23/2006;
Sphecodina abbottii, Abbot's Sphinx Moth, 5/11/2007;
Deidamia inscriptum, Lettered Sphinx Moth, 5/4/2007;
Amphion floridensis, Nessus Sphinx Moth, 5/25/2007;
Darapsa versicolor, Hydrangea Sphinx Moth, 7/20/2006;
Darapsa myron, Virginia Creeper [Hog] Sphinx Moth, 7/5/2005;
Darapsa choerilus, Azalea Sphinx Moth, 5/20/2006.
Joe has recently (June 5, 2015) confirmed Sphinx poecila in Sussex County.
Tony McBride confirms Lapara bombycoides in Sussex County.
Many thanks to Jeff Swick who has recently provided some beautiful images of Sphingidae nectaring at bouncing bet.
Jeff writes, "I have looked at your wonderful website many times! What a great source of information! Over the past summer, I became fascinated with photographing sphinx moths while nectaring at a large stand of bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis) growing wild in northern New Jersey (Flatbrookville, Sussex County). I tentatively identified and photographed about 6-7 species over the course of three weeks in July. I thought that I would share a few photos. Feel free to use them in any way that you wish. Keep up the incredible efforts with your site!"
Sphinx kalmiae nectaring at bouncing bet, Flatbrookville, Sussex County, New Jersey,
July 2008, courtesy of Jeff Swick.
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 Sussex County (eight are reported on U.S.G.S.). 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 (William Oehlke) expect that this moth is present or might be present, although unreported.
A "JG" indicates the moth is reported by Joe Garris. A "TM" indicates the moth is reported by Tony McBride.
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.
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Visit New Jersey Catocala: Underwing Moths
If you are travelling, you can find active Sphingidae checklists for all countries in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbbean via the links at North, Central, South American Sphingidae checklists
Dolba hyloeus, Flatbrookville, July, 2008, courtesy of Jeff Swick
Manduca sexta, Flatbrookville, July 2008, courtesy of Jeff Swick
Sphinx kalmiae, Flatbrookville, July, 2008, courtesy of Jeff Swick
Pachysphinx modesta, September 15, 2006, courtesy of Joe Garris.
Paonias excaecata, September 15, 2006, courtesy of Joe Garris.
See Hemaris comparison to help distinguish the next three species.
Hemaris thysbe, Sussex County, September 15, 2006, courtesy of Joe Garris.
Eumorpha pandorus, Flatbrookville, July 2008, courtesy of Jeff Swick.
Darapsa choerilus September 15, 2006, courtesy of Joe Garris
Darapsa myron September 15, 2006, courtesy of Joe Garris.
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