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

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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paonias myops (J.E. Smith, 1797)
Sphinx myops J.E. Smith, 1797
There are many synonyms.
Phylogenetic sequence # 227675
One of three species in the genus for North America north of Mexico.
Wingspan 45-75 mm. (1)
Forewing outer margin doubly indented (not straight or scalloped as in the two other species for this genus) (1)
Throughout North America. (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9)
Adults are most common from April to October. (10), (1)
Birches, hawthorns, poplars, Prunus species, willows (1)
Life Cycle
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See Also
Paonias astylus, forewing has a straight outer margin.

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)