|scientific name Paonias myops |
common name Small-eyed Sphinx
Open woodland and woodland edges, shrub areas, etc.
Adults have been collected in Alberta from mid-June through mid-July.
A large (4.5-7.5 cm wingspan) heavy-bodied moth with elongated forewings that are expanded and irregularly scalloped on the outer margin. The forewings are a mix of rich browns, pinks and yellow-orange. The hindwings are yellow-orange and brown, with a large black eyespot with a blue pupil. Body is dark orange brown. The similarly shaped P. excaecatus, is larger and has pink hindwings. Combination of large size, irregular wing-shape and yellow hindwings will separate the Small-eyed sphinx from all other Alberta moths.
The Small-eyed sphinx is nocturnal and comes to light. The larvae are solitary defoliators. There is a single brood each year.
Fairly widespread but uncommon; no concerns.
No Alberta data. Elsewhere reported larval hosts include a wide range of trees and shrubs, including Saskatoon (Amelanchier), various wild cherries (Prunus sp.), willow (Salix), birch (Betula), Grape (Vitis), Hazel (Corylus), hawthorn (Craetagus) and poplars (Populus).
Nova Scotia west to central BC, north into the southern edge of the boreal forest and south to northern Mexico. In Alberta, it is found mainly in the dry wooded valleys of the Grasslands and the Aspen Parklands, rarely north into the southern edge of the Boreal forest, and in the southern foothills.
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