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Small-eyed Sphinx

Moths of Pennsylvania

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The Small-eyed Sphinx

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This time we have a Small-eyed Sphinx, or Paonius myops. This is easily the most common sphinx in our area, especially at Adam's house. Rarely does a mothing night in June or later go by without seeing at least one Small-eyed Sphinx.

The Small-eyed Sphinx is fairly small as sphinxes go, with a wingspan of about 2.5 inches or so. It is distinctive among the other members of its family, mainly due to the eyespots on its hindwings, making for easy identification. (These eyespots differ from the Blinded Sphinx in that they are set upon a yellow background instead of a pink one)

This particular individual was found at Ben's house on May 28 at the mercury vapor light.