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Species Paonias astylus - Huckleberry Sphinx - Hodges#7826

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Smerinthinae
Tribe Smerinthini
Genus Paonias
Species astylus (Huckleberry Sphinx - Hodges#7826)
Hodges Number
7826
Size
Wingstpan 5.5-6.5 cm
Identification
Similar to the Small-eyed Sphinx, Paonias myops, but wings yellowish orange to brown instead of dark brown. Outer margin of forewings nearly straight, not doubly indented.
Range
Eastern North America
Habitat
Probably deciduous forests, edges, wetlands, areas with hostplants
Season
March-June, September (two broods) in Florida, one brood (July) in north
Food
Adults may not feed
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on blueberry, huckleberry (Vaccinium species), cherries (Prunus), and willows (Salix).
Remarks
Covell (1) lists as uncommon to rare. Images not common on the Internet.
Print References
Covell, p. 37, plate 6 #6 (1)
Holland, p. 56, plate IV #10--called Calasymbolus astylus (2)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.