Moths of North Dakota

Sphingidae: Smerinthinae

Paonias excaecatus (J. E. Smith 1797)

Common name: Blinded sphinx/ Blind-eyed sphinx.

Hodges #: 7824.

Identification: Rfw 28.3 mm, outer margin crenulate, hw costal margin concave, disc pink, ocellatus a single blue spot in a black field.  Head with median scale crest.

Similar species: 7821, 7822, 7825, 7828, 7829.

Distribution: eastern United States and southern Canada, in the west confined to mountainous regions.

Hosts: Larvae feed on a wide variety of hosts: Ostya virginiana (Mill.)-- Hop hornbeam, Salix-- willow, Populus-- poplar, aspen, Betula-- birch, Prunus-- plum, cherry, Malus-- apple, Rosa-- rose, and others.

ND  Cass Co., Fargo.  yard lt.  31- V- 1994.  C. Dolby.

Head showing median scale crest.


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Last updated: 01/23/07

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
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Fargo, ND 58105

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