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Modest Sphinx Moth

Pachysphinx modesta


Family: Sphingidae, Subfamily: Smerinthinae (Eyed Sphinx Moths) Total Length: 2.50 inches( 45-65 mm), Wingspan: 4 inches (101.6 mm). Gray FW has dark gray median band surrounding small white spot. Scalloped Hingwings. Color is grayish/olive/brown. Adults do not have mouth parts. Hosts: Poplar, aspen, cottonwood and willow.


Near woodlands, meadow, fields, lawns (Comes to light)


Also called Big Poplar Sphinx Moth

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Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Thanks so much Karen!

KarenL 10 years ago

Congrats Carol, your moth is featured in the Project Noah blog!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 10 years ago

Nice shots and spotting Carol!

batex 10 years ago


Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Video added.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

I tried to get her on my finger and she flew all around the front porch area and then landed and I put the ruler there real fast and got the photos before the taking off photos and video. She was fine!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

My favorite Sphinx! Awesome shots!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

That's a beauty Carol. Love how you can see a bit of the purple on the wings in the third shot.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

love the series carol! especially the 4th photo, with the ruler!. do you think it was injured?

Carol Snow Milne
Spotted by
Carol Snow Milne

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2013
Submitted on Jun 7, 2013

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