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Species Paonias astylus - Huckleberry Sphinx - Hodges#7826

Huckleberry Sphinx - Paonias astylus Paonias astylus on blueberry - Paonias astylus moth - Paonias astylus red moth with very convincing leaf shape - Paonias astylus Huckleberry sphinx moth or newly emerged Prometheus moth? - Paonias astylus Huckleberry Sphinx - Paonias astylus - female Huckleberry Sphinx - Paonias astylus Furry orange and yellow moth. - Paonias astylus
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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 astylus (Huckleberry Sphinx - Hodges#7826)
Hodges Number
Wingstpan 5.5-6.5 cm
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.
Eastern North America
Probably deciduous forests, edges, wetlands, areas with hostplants
March-June, September (two broods) in Florida, one brood (July) in north
Adults may not feed
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on blueberry, huckleberry (Vaccinium species), cherries (Prunus), and willows (Salix).
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.