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Species Paonias myops - Small-eyed Sphinx - Hodges#7825

Green and Red Caterpillar - Cat eyed sphinx - Paonias myops Green and Red Caterpillar - Paonias myops  green caterpillar bg - Paonias myops Paonias myops? - Paonias myops Sphingidae, egg on cherry - Paonias myops Sphingidae, larva, dorsal - Paonias myops Small-eyed Sphinx - Paonias myops Paonias myops, perhaps? - Paonias myops
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Smerinthinae
Tribe Smerinthini
Genus Paonias
Species myops (Small-eyed Sphinx - Hodges#7825)
Hodges Number
7825
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paonias myops (J.E. Smith, 1797)
Sphinx myops J.E. Smith, 1797
There are many synonyms.
Phylogenetic sequence # 227675
Numbers
One of three species in the genus for North America north of Mexico.
Size
Wingspan 45-75 mm. (1)
Identification
Forewing outer margin doubly indented (not straight or scalloped as in the two other species for this genus) (1)
Range
Throughout North America. (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9)
Season
Adults are most common from April to October. (10), (1)
Food
Birches, hawthorns, poplars, Prunus species, willows (1)
Life Cycle
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See Also
Paonias astylus, forewing has a straight outer margin.

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Paonias excaecata, forewing has a scalloped outer margin.
Print References
Covell, C.V., Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths, p. 37, pl. 6, #2.(1)
Hodges, R.W., 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21, p. 85; pl. 7.8, 10-12. (11)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, Moths of Western North America, p. 243, pl. 39.4. (12)
Tuttle, J.P. 2007. Hawk Moths of North America, p. 121; pl. 11.11. (13)