Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, September 10, 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Kris Watts, September 10, 2009
Smerinthus ophthamlmica on purple osier willow (Salix purpurea), Albany, Linn County, Oregon,
September 10, 2009, courtesy of Kris Watts.
Kris writes, "I found your website after doing a search on a caterpillar I found on my purple osier willow (Salix purpurea). I am pretty sure it is a Smerinthus cerisyi (corrected to S. ophthalmica) larva. I am located in Albany, Oregon and I found it just today, Sept. 10. I am also sending 2 photos. I have not noticed the moth around, however. I hope this helps with your data base. Please let me know if I have identified this guy correctly. Thanks!."
Congratulations to Kris for a correct(ed) id!
For care of "found larvae/caterpillars" visit Manduca sexta larva, central Texas, August 21, 2008, Trina Woodall.
Only twenty-three Sphingidae species are listed for Oregon on the U.S.G.S. website (now BAMONA. Not all of the species are reported or anticipated in Linn County. It is hoped that this checklist, with the thumbnails and notes, will help you quickly identify the larvae you are likely to encounter.
I expect the sames species would likely also be present in Clatsop, Multnomah, Columbia, Hood River, Tillamook, Clackamas, Yamill, Marion, Washington and Linn counties, so this checklist will also serve for those counties although the official documentation at this time is only for Linn County.
A "WO" after the species name indicates that I have no confirmed reports of this species in your county, but I (William Oehlke) expect that this moth with its larvae are present or might be present.
A "USGS" indicates the moth is reported 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.
You can visit additional Sphingidae checklists for adult moths and caterpillars for all US states and Canadian provinces at
Sphinx Nations. There are also checklists for all North, Central, South American and Carribean countries via links at same site.
You can visit pictoral checklists for Catocala (underwing moths) for all US states and Canadian provinces at
North American Catocala.
You can visit pictoral checklists for Catocala (underwing moths) for all US states and Canadian provinces at North American Catocala.
Smerinthus ophthalmica on purple osier willow (Salix purpurea), Albany, Linn/Benton County, Oregon,
September 10, 2009, courtesy of Kris Watts.
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