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2266257784Dolba hyloeus – Pawpaw Sphinx Moth – (Drury, 1773)

Carol Wolf
Distribution: From New Brunswick through southern Quebec and Ontario to Wisconsin, south to Florida and eastern Texas.
Seasonality
and Size:
There are several broods along the Gulf Coast, just one further north. Adults fly from May-September in Florida, mid-June to mid-August in Michigan. John Glaser reports them as common throughout Maryland from 15 May to 19 August. Wingspan 50 - 68 mm
Larva and
Host Plants:
The larva is a light green hornworm with 6 pairs of oblique lateral white stripes, bordered with dark gray dorsally. The host plants include alder, pawpaw, deciduous hollies and sweetfern.
Description/
Field Marks:
  • forewing dark chocolate brown with bands of jagged black and white lines in the basal and pm. areas
  • hindwing blackish with a white median line, becoming double near the anal angle
  • Similar Species: The Rustic Sphinx Moth, M. rustica, is similar but considerably larger, with a wingspan of 87 - 150 mm., and has yellow abdominal spots, which the Pawpaw Sphinx Moth lacks.
    References
    Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

    Dolba hyloeus
    Patrick Coin
    Dolba hyloeus
    Mark Dreiling - DNA
    Dolba hyloeus
    Nolie Schneider
    Dolba hyloeus
    LG – Jim Troubridge
    Dolba hyloeus
    55mm – Jim Vargo
    Dolba hyloeus
    Patrick Coin


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