Dedicated July 21, 2017 as per personal communication with Devin Mahoney
Jackson County, Oregon
Hyles lineata nectaring, Boccard Point, Jackson County, Oregon,
July 20, 2017, courtesy of Devin Mahoney.
This page is dedicated to Devin Mahoney who provides the Hyles lineata image above.
Twenty-three Sphingidae species are listed in the USGS for Oregon.
Not all of the species are reported (ten by USGS, now BAMONA) or anticipated in Jackson County.
It is hoped that this checklist, with the thumbnails and notes, will help you quickly identify the moths you have encountered.
A WO" after the species name indicates that I have no confirmed reports of this species in Jackson County, but I
(William Oehlke) expect that this moth is present.
Please help me develop this list with improved, documented accuracy by sending sightings (species, date, location), preferably with an
image, via email to Bill Oehlke.
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Jackson County, Oregon, Sphingidae larvae (caterpillars), and
Oregon Catocala (Underwing Moths.
Ceratomia undulosa USGS, the Waved
Sphinx. This moth is recorded by USGS, but it is way out of its normal range. Unlikely!.It is named for the wavy lines on the forewings.
WO, the Five-spotted Hawkmoth.
This large bodied moth flies in tobacco fields and vegetable gardens
(potatoes, tomatoes) and wherever host plants are found.
Sphinx chersis USGS, Northern Ash
Sphinx or Great Ash Sphinx. The upperside of the forewing is soft dark gray to blue-gray with a series of black dashes,
one of which reaches the wing tip.
Sphinx perelegans USGS, Elegant Sphinx.
Sphinx perelegans adults fly in montane woodlands and mixed chaparral-type vegetation as a single brood
in the north, with adults mainly on the wing in June and July.
It flies from dusk until after midnight.
Sphinx sequoiae WO, Sequoiae Sphinx.
This species is not reported in Jackson but is reported in Josephine.
Adults fly as a single brood in the desert and in pinyon-juniper
woodland from May to August.
Sphinx vashti USGS, Snowberry Sphinx.
Snowberry Sphinx adults fly as a single brood in montane woodlands and along prairie
streamcourses from April to August.
The upperside of the forewing has a narrow black subterminal line
bordered by a white inverted V-shaped line on the outside, and a
black line at the apex.
Paonias excaecata WO, the Blinded Sphinx.
The outer margin of the forewing is quite wavy. There is a dark cell spot and a dark oblique line mid wing from the costa almost to the
inner margin. Basic ground colour is pinkish brown.
Flight would be June-July.
Pachysphinx modesta WO,
the Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx,
This large poplar/willow feeder is probably rare in Jackson County,
near the southern most limit of its western range.
They are a heavy bodied species.
This one is quite similar to Pachysphinx modesta, with modesta
being smaller and darker.
Moths should be on the wing from June-August.
Smerinthus cerisyi USGS, the Cerisyi's
Sphinx or One-eyed Sphinx,
Larvae feed on poplars and willows.
Flight would be from late May-July as a single brood.
Larvae feed on poplars, aspen and willows.
Note different shape of double arced forewing pm line compared to the straighter pm line of cerisyi, directly above.
S. ophthalmica has smoother scalloping of the fw outer margin.
Hemaris diffinis USGS, the Snowberry Clearwing or Bumblebee Moth,
The moth flies along forest edges and in meadows, gardens and
brushy fields. Day-flying adults nectar at lantana, dwarf bush honeysuckle,
snowberry, orange hawkweed, thistles, lilac, Canada violet, etc.
This moth is reported for Jackson, but would probably be rare in the northern most limit of its western range.
Fight would be from June to August.
Arctonotus lucidus USGS, the Pacific Green
Sphinx Moth or Bear Sphinx. This species is confirmed in Jackson County. It tends to be an early spring flier, on the wing in the early evening. It comes to
lights at night. Now classified as Proserpinus lucidus.
Hyles lineata USGS/DM, the White-lined Sphinx
Adults usually fly at dusk, during the night, and at dawn, but they also fly during the day over a wide variety of open habitats
including deserts, suburbs, and gardens.
Hyles lineata, Boccard Point, July 20, 2017, Devin Mahoney
Proserpinus clarkiae USGS, Clark's Sphinx.
Adults fly in the afternoon from April-June in oak woodland and pine-oak woodland in foothills, nectaring from chia, heartleaf
milkweed, golden currant, bluedicks, fairyfans, vetches, thistles, hedgenettles, etc.
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