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2275757822Smerinthus cerisyi – One-eyed Sphinx Moth – Wm. Kirby, 1837

John Davis
Distribution: Found across Canada from Newfoundland to Yukon. In the United States it is found in the north from Maine west to Michigan and North Dakota, and in Tennessee and Missouri. It is also found in most of the western states, from Montana to New Mexico and west to Washington, Oregon and California.
Seasonality
and Size:
Single brooded, adults fly May-August. Wingspan 62 - 90 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Foodplants include poplar, willow, pear and plum. The larva is a hornworm and may be pale yellow, yellow green or blue green. The skin is granulose. Seven pairs of oblique lateral stripes and a pair of pale yellow subdorsal stripes. Horn may be yellow, pink and/or blue.
Description/
Field Marks:
  • Outer margin of forewing scalloped to almost straight.
  • Forewing light brown to almost black.
  • Veins towards outer margin usually outlined in paler brown.
  • Hindwing mostly red with tan margin and round black spot in the middle of the blue eyespot.
References
Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

Smerinthus cerisyi
John Davis
Smerinthus cerisyi
Jason Dombroskie
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
Smerinthus cerisyi
Mike Boone
Smerinthus cerisyi
70mm – Jim Vargo
Smerinthus cerisyi
70mm – Jim Vargo
Smerinthus cerisyi
70mm – Jim Vargo
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
5th instar
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
3rd instar
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
2nd instar
Smerinthus cerisyi
Janice Stiefel
5th instar - 23 days
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
pupa
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
1st instar
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
4th instar
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
early pupa
Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant

Smerinthus cerisyi
Peter J. Bryant
pre pupa

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