Created/dedicated as per personal communication with C. G. Morton (Hyles gallii), September 6, 2011
Updated as per James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, September 6, 2011
Updated as per BAMONA, September 6, 2011
This page is inspired by and dedicated to C. G. Morton, wildlife biologist in Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming,
who sends the image of a Hyles gallii larva at top of this page.
C. G. writes, "Hello Bill,
"I am a wildlife biologist in Rawlins, Wy, and I was recently doing some stream monitoring with a fish biologist in the office. We noticed massive amounts of a distinct caterpiller/larva. Their were two distinct kinds: those with yellow spots and those with red spots; everything else seemed to be identical, to our eyes, between the two. The caterpiller was also located on only one species of plant, which wasn't even the dominant plant in the stream section surveyed. The species that all the caterpillers were found on was northern willow herb or Epilobium glandulosum. I was able to positively identify the moth species as Hyles gallii as a result of your web site, so I wanted to provide feed back to you to say thanks and also give another confirmed location in Wyoming (Carbon county). I am attaching some pictures of the larva so that you can also confirm my identification. Feel free to use any of the pictures. Again thank you for you web site it is very helpful and informative."
C. G. writes, "Hello Bill,
It is hoped that this checklist, with the thumbnails and notes, will help you quickly identify the Sphingidae larvae you have encountered.
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 is present.
A BAMONA indicates the moth is reported on the BAMONA website and/or in Moths of Western North America, #2. Distribution of Sphingidae of Western North America, revised, 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 image, via email to Bill Oehlke.
Please also forward your sightings to BAMONA, an excellent online resource.
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