Pink-spotted hawkmoth -- (Agrius cingulata) WO
This moth is a very strong flier, but would only make its way to
Yates County as a rare stray. There are not too many records from
New York state, but records exist for NJ and CT.
Ceratomia amyntor WO,
the Elm Sphinx or Four-horned Sphinx
This moth is not recorded in Yates, but I suspect it is present.
Larvae feed on Elm (Ulmus), birch (Betula), basswood (Tilia), and
This moth is recorded in Yates. 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 Yates. It is widely reported in New
Jersey and Connecticut and may be present.
This moth is reported from Yates, and it is
reported to the north, east, south and west. If you have pines, you
probably have this species. It flies on P.E.I.
This species is not reported in Yates, but I suspect it is present. Generally it is not
This species is not recorded for Yates, but it has been seen in
I suspect if you grow tomatoes, you are likely to encounter it.
This species is not recorded in Yates.
If you grow tomatoes, however, you may have encountered it as it has been found in western N.Y.
Larvae get very large and can strip a tomato plant.
Sphinx chersis WO, the Northern Ash Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx
This species is probably present but may not
be common. Larval hosts are ash, lilac, privet, cherry, and quaking aspen.
This species is not officially reported in Yates. 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 Yates.
I have taken them on P.E.I., Canada, and reared them on
At rest the hindwings are usually completely covered.
the Canadian Sphinx or
This one is not reported from Yates, but it has been seen just to the
southeast. It is generally not common.
If you have blueberries in the woods, then you might have the
They are pretty common here on Prince Edward Island. It has been
confirmed in Yates County.
This moth is fairly widely reported to the north, east, south and
west of Yates County.
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 recorded in Yates County,
but it is probably present. It is fond of poplars and
They are common on Prince Edward Island.
Named for the dull grey-blue spot (minus dark pupil) in the hindwing,
this moth has a wide distribution and is probably common in Yates
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 Yates County.
I regularly see them on Prince Edward Island, and they are reported as far south as Florida.
Yates would be close to the southern limit for this species in
New York, but it has been seen in north central PA..
I never saw one in New Jersey. At my home in Montague, P.E.I., Canada, they are quite common.
This moth is widely distributed and fairly common.
Along the East Coast, it flies from P.E.I. to Florida. I suspect it is present.
KJ/WO, the Hummingbird Clearwing
This interesting day flier is not reported in Yates on USGS, but it
is widely reported to the north, east, south and west.
Kathy Johnstone reports them in Yates County.
Hemaris diffinis USGS, the
Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth
This moth is widespread and has been recorded in Yates and
in northwestern N.J. and southeastern N.Y. and Connecticut.
This moth is not reported for Yates, 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 not officially 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 confirmed for Yates,
but likely 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 Yates 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 Yates,
and likely is uncommon if present.
This species has not been recorded in Yates, but it has been seen
in surrounding areas.
Larvae feed on grape foliage and on Virginia Creeper.
Hyles gallii WO, the Bedstraw Hawk Moth
or Gallium Sphinx
This species is not reported in Yates. I suspect it would be rare.
Some years I see them on P.E.I., some years, I do not.
Hyles lineata WO, the White-lined Sphinx
This species is not reported from Yates 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 not confirmed for Yates.