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890100.007784Dolba 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.
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.
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.
    • Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - Caution: some specimens may not be sequenced and DNA barcode does not ensure correct identification.
    • Bill Oehlke's species page for Dolba hyloeus.
    • Covell Field Guide p.33; Pl. 5(1, male).
    • Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21:p. 37; pl. 2.5, 7. order
    • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
    • Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 60; pl. 10.3.
    • Wagner, D. L., (2005). Caterpillars of Eastern North America, p. 255.
    Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

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

    Dolba hyloeus
    Patrick Coin

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