Updated as per The Hawk Moths of the North America, 2007, James P. Tuttle (Sphinx to Lintneria); April 2009
Updated as per CATE; April 2009
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Kansas is the specimen type locality, but the species seems very rare in that state.
The upperside of the forewing is pale gray with a yellowish tint, wavy black lines and dashes, and inconspicuous white spots. The upperside of the hindwing is pale gray with a white band between two black bands, and a diffuse black patch at the base.
James P. Tuttle in The Hawk Moths of North America, 2007, has resurrected the genus Lintneria originally designated by Butler, 1876 for eremitus. Tuttle has placed the following North American (U.S.) species in Lintneria: eremitus, eremitoides, separatus, istar and smithi. In most older texts you will find these five species listed under the genus Sphinx, but larval morphology and consistent characters of adults indicate Lintneria is appropriate.
Look for this species in Kerr and Uvalde counties in Texas as well as in central Oklahoma (Love County) near Creek banks and edges of rocky washes where there is sage.
Lintneria eremitoides, 71mm, Ken Osborne, from
Moth Photographers Group
on my home computer only.
Lintneria eremitoides, Hwy 83, near Concan, Uvalde County, Texas,
courtesy of James Tuttle.
Although they may be encountered feeding during daylight hours, one is even more likely to discover them feeding in the evening or after dark.
Two of the greatest clues for discovering larvae are stripped foliage and droppings beneath the plant. You might be quite surprised at what will turn up in the evening or after dark in a flashlight assisted search.
It is believed that all "Lintneria larvae will exhibit "a fleshy thoracic dorsal "horn" in the first 4 instars (unique in the Sphingidae of the world to my knowledge) which is replaced by a thoracic dorsal "hump" with a large black patch in the 5th instar." J.A. Tuttle.
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