Small Eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops)
The small eyed sphinx moth is a member of the family of hawk moths. It was first described by English botanist James Edward Smith in 1797.
Description and Identification
The caterpillars are green, with thin yellow angled lines on both sides. It has a horn on its end.
After maturing, it begins to pupate.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present. Females tend to be larger than males, measuring 7.5 cm on average.
Color and Appearance
There is an orange stripe running through the thorax and back regions. The antennae of these moths are white.
Forewing: When the wings are opened, they have smooth indentations. There are wavy lines of brown and various purple shades throughout the wings. The edges of the wings are orange. When the wings are closed, the lines remain visible.
Hindwing: When the wings are opened, two bright black and blue eyespots are observed. When the wings are closed, these eyespots become less visible.
Average wingspan: 4.5 – 7.5 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: April to October
Females lay their eggs either on soil or close to the host plant.
|Distribution||Throughout North America, including Arizona, California, Maine, Mexico, Nova Scotia, Washington, and west to British Columbia|
|Habitat||Deciduous woodlands, suburbs, and wooded habitats|
|Lifespan of Adults||10-30 days|
|Host Plants||Basswood, black cherry, service cherry, sour cherry, and western chokecherry|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- There are two known sub-species of this moth – Paonias myops myops and Paonias myops occidentalis.