Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

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

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Thanks so much Karen!

KarenL 8 years ago

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

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Nice shots and spotting Carol!

batex 8 years ago


Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Video added.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 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 8 years ago

My favorite Sphinx! Awesome shots!

dandoucette 8 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 8 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

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team