Created dedicated as per personal communication with Steve Daniel, 2005
Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, May, 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Tracy Korzenieski (Pachysphinx modesta, Hamlin, June 3, 2012); June 4, 2012
Agrius cingulata, Monroe County, August 29, 2005, courtesy of Steve Daniel.
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 Monroe County, but I (William Oehlke) expect that this moth is present or might be present. A "USGS" 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.
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 online resource.
This page is inspired by Steve Daniel of
Monroe County, New York, who sent me sightings
of Ceratomia undulosa, Paonias myops, Smerinthus jamaicensis,
Hemaris diffinis, Hemaris thysbe, Eumorpha pandorus, Darapsa myron
and Deidamia inscripta. Steve also indicates he has seen one or
both of the Manduca species listed.
For 2006, Steve reports a sighting of a lettered Sphinx on April 30
and sends the image of the Abbottt's Sphinx at the bottom of the page, May 8.
Just after setting up this page and dedicating it to Steve, he encountered
a rather rare stray, Agrius cingulata, in his backyard.
I wonder if Hurricane Katrina had something to do with the
appearance of this species. Sometimes strong winds out of the south
aid the northerly migration of some Sphingidae species.
For 2006, Steve reports a sighting of a lettered Sphinx on April 30 and sends the image of the Abbottt's Sphinx at the bottom of the page, May 8.
Just after setting up this page and dedicating it to Steve, he encountered a rather rare stray, Agrius cingulata, in his backyard. I wonder if Hurricane Katrina had something to do with the appearance of this species. Sometimes strong winds out of the south aid the northerly migration of some Sphingidae species.
Many thanks to Tracy J. Korzenieski of Hamlin who provides the following image and data. The specimen was discovered by her son Joseph.
Pachysphinx modesta, Hamlin, Monroe County, New York,
June 3, 2012, discovered by Joseph Korzenieski, forwarded by T. J. Korzenieski.
Pachysphinx modesta, May 21, 2009, Pittsford, Steve Daniel
Pachysphinx modesta, June 3, 2012, Joseph Korzenieski, via T. J. Korzenieski
Paonias myops, May 31, 2006, Pittsford, Steve Daniel
Paonias myops, May 23, 2007, Pittsford, Steve Daniel
Paonias myops, May 21, 2009, Pittsford, Steve Daniel
Smerinthus jamaicensis May 25; June 7, 2006, Steve Daniel
See Hemaris comparison to help distinguish the next three species.
Eumorpha pandorus, adult, July 27, 2006, Steve Daniel
Amphion floridensis, Powder Mill Park, Town of Perinton, June 15, Steve Daniel
Amphion floridensis Auburn trail, northern Ontario city, June 1, Steve Daniel
Darapsa myron, May 29, 2006, Steve Daniel
Darapsa myron (2), May 31; June 7, 2006, Pittsford, Steve Daniel
Deidamia inscriptum, May 22, 2007, Pittsford, Steve Daniel
Sphecodina abbottii, May 29, 2009, Pittsford, Steve Daniel.
Sphecodina abbottii May 8, 2006, Monroe County, courtesy of Steve Daniel.
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