Google
WWW MPG website only

Digital Guide to Moth Identification

890128.007796Lintneria eremitus – Hermit Sphinx Moth – (Hübner, 1823)

© Cindy Mead
Distribution: From the Canadian Maritime Provinces west to Manitoba, and southward to Arkansas and North Carolina. Its distribution is patchy in the southern portions of its range and may be missing from many areas. It is rare in Maryland, recorded only from the western Appalachians.
Seasonality
and Size:
Found in July and August in the north and perhaps rather earlier in the south. Wingspan 65 - 75 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larva feed on plants in the mint family (bee-balm, basil, bugle-weed, mints and sage/salvia and monarda). A chocolate brown "hornworm," but some forms are mottled with green. Early and middle instars have a "horn" on the 2nd thoracic segment, later instars have a "hump" there. There is a large black "eye" on 2nd and 3rd thoracic segments, and very small pale circles on abdominal segments.
Description/
Field Marks:
  • forewing gray-brown with black dashes and incomplete zigzag lines.
  • reniform spot white, may be double.
  • hindwing black with two distinct, broad white bands.
Similar Species: In 7793 - Plebian Sphinx Moth, Paratraea plebeja the hindwing is dark gray with obscure black median band.
References
Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

Lintneria eremitus
© Janice Stiefel
Lintneria eremitus
© Cindy Mead
Lintneria eremitus
© Cindy Mead
Lintneria eremitus
© Carol Wolf
Lintneria eremitus
70mm – © Jim Vargo
Lintneria eremitus
© Janice Stiefel
5th instar
Lintneria eremitus
© Gerald Fauske

Lintneria eremitus
© Canadian National Collection LG


Moth Photographers Group  at the  Mississippi Entomological Museum  at the  Mississippi State University

Send suggestions, or submit photographs to Webmaster — Moth Photographers Group

Database design and scripting support provided by Mike Boone