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Species Paonias astylus - Huckleberry Sphinx - Hodges#7826

Huckleberry Sphinx - Paonias astylus moth - Paonias astylus Brown female sphinx-type moth - Paonias astylus - female Furry orange and yellow moth. - Paonias astylus Orange and white moth? - Paonias astylus 8/18/19 Sphinx moth - Paonias astylus Moth Unfurling Wings 6-18-19 - Paonias astylus Huckleberry Sphinx (Paonias astylus) - Paonias astylus - female
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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paonias astylus (Drury, 1773)
Sphinx astylus Drury, 1773
Sphinx io Guérin-Méneville, [1829-1831]
Smerinthus integerrima Harris, 1833
Smerinthus integerrima Harris, 1839
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 (May-July) in New England
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.
Print References
Covell, p. 37, plate 6 #6 (1)
Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21: p. 87; pl. 7.13-14.(2)
Holland, p. 56, plate IV #10--called Calasymbolus astylus (3)
Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 122; pl. 11.3.(4)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 21 Sphingidae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1971. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
3.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
4.The Hawk Moths of North America, A Natural History Study of the Sphingidae of the United States and Canada.
James P Tuttle. 2007. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation Inc.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group
6.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems