Pink-spotted hawkmoth -- (Agrius cingulata) WO
This moth is a very strong flier, but would only make its way to
Richmond as a rare stray. There are not too many records from
New York state, but records exist for NJ and CT.
Ceratomia amyntor USGS,
the Elm Sphinx or Four-horned Sphinx
This moth is officially recorded in Richmond.
Larvae feed on Elm (Ulmus), birch (Betula), basswood (Tilia), and
This is generally a more southerly species, but it has been recorded
I saw them in great numbers in New Jersey.
The larvae feed in large groups and are much more
spectacular than the moths.
Catalpa is the larval host.
This moth is recorded in Richmond. 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 recorded in Richmond. It is widely reported in New Jersey and Connecticut.
Although not officially reported from Richmond, it is
reported to the north, west and south. If you have pines, you
probably have this species. It flies on P.E.I.
this moth is reported from Richmond, 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 officially recorded in Richmond.
It is reported in New Jersey, southeastern New York and Connecticut.
I see no reason for it to be absent from Richmond County.
This species is not recorded in Richmond, but has been seen in
I suspect if you grow tomatoes, you are likely to encounter it.
This species is not recorded in Richmond, but it has been taken in
several counties in northeastern New Jersey. I would not
be surprised to get a report. Look for three large yellow spots
on each side of the abdomen.
DSSENA, the Carolina Sphinx
This species is recorded in Richmond.
If you grow tomatoes, you have probably encountered it.
Larvae get very large and can strip a tomato plant.
Sphinx chersis DSSENA, the Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx
This species is present but may not
be common. Larval hosts are ash, lilac, privet, cherry, and quaking aspen.
This species is not officially reported in Richmond. 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 Richmond. Generally it is not
widely reported, but still is a possibility.
This species is reported in Richmond. 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 reported in Richmond.
I have taken them on P.E.I., Canada, and reared them on
At rest the hindwings are usually completely covered.
Sphinx luscitiosa DSSENA,
the Canadian Sphinx or
This one is reported from Richmond and from northeastern New Jersey.
This moth is fairly widely reported to the north, west and south
of as well as in Richmond.
This is the first Sphinx species I reared as a boy in New Jersey.
See the file for the female; she is different.
Pachysphinx modesta DSSENA,
the Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx
This moth is recorded in Richmond County. It is fond of poplars and
They are common on Prince Edward Island.
This appears to be an uncommon species. Although not officially
recorded for Richmond, they are reported for northeastern New Jersey
Only rarely are they seen in Maine. I never saw one in New Jersey. QUESTIONABLE
Named for the dull grey-blue spot (minus dark pupil) in the hindwing,
this moth has a wide distribution and is probably common in Richmond
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 Richmond 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.
This species is not reported in Richmond, but is
reported to the east and west. It might make an appearance as a rare
Males and females differ.
Hemaris thysbe DSSENA, the Hummingbird Clearwing
This interesting day flier is reported in Richmond, and
is widely reported to the north, east and south.
They are widely distributed in the east from P.E.I. to Florida.
Hemaris diffinis DSSENA, the
Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth
This moth is widespread and has been recorded in Richmond and
in northwestern N.J. and southeastern N.Y. and Connecticut.
Hemaris gracilis WO, the
Slender Clearwing or Graceful Clearwing
This day-flying moth is less common and has not been recorded in
Richmond, but has been seen in northeastern N.J. and southeastern N.Y.
This moth is reported for Richmond, and 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.
This moth is not officially reported for Richmond, however,
the moth is a strong flier and
occasionally moths and larvae turn up as very rare strays in northern
If you have Grape or Virginia Creeper nearby, then you probably have
I often get asked to identify larvae from areas not
This report would be for a very rare stray.
It would be unusual to encounter this species anywhere in New York.
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.
This species is rarely recorded in the U.S., but there are sightings in the east
from Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and
There are no reports from Richmond.
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 unconfirmed for Richmond,
but I suspect it is present.
Darapsa myron WO, the Virginia Creeper Sphinx or the Grapevine Sphinx
This moth is not recorded on the U.S.G.S. site for Richmond County
It is widely reported as far north as southern Maine. 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 Richmond,
but, it has been reported in southeastern New York and
northeastern New Jersey. Questionable!
This species has been recorded in Richmond and surrounding areas.
Hyles gallii DSSENA, the Bedstraw Hawk Moth
or Gallium Sphinx
This species is reported in Richmond, but no further south in the east.
I suspect it would be rare.
Some years I see them on P.E.I., some years, I do not.
Hyles lineata DSSENA, the White-lined Sphinx
This species is reported from Richond County. It flies across
southern New York and has strong migrating tendancies.
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 Richmond.