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Also known as a Modest Sphinx Moth. These giants can be found in riparian areas around various types of poplar such as cottonwood, or aspen. The wingspan on this one was just shy of six inches.

We spotted this recently emerged male modest sphinx moth (Pachysphinx modesta) at Iron River National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin.

 

Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

We spotted this recently emerged male modest sphinx moth (Pachysphinx modesta) at Iron River National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin.

 

Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

  

The modest sphinx or poplar sphinx caterpillar feeds on poplar, aspen, cottonwood and willow, but adults don’t feed at all.

 

Photo by Courtney Celley/USFWS.

This giant moth has been sitting here on my front porch for days. My girlfriend looked up the name, it's quite a sight in person. More like an animal than an insect.

Summer archives: I found this moth by our back door and moved him to the flowers on the back patio for this nice photo op.

 

www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Pachysphinx-modesta

Found in western Pennsylvania, it was about two and a half inches long. It was found n a lawn and soon pupated by shedding it's skin and becoming a wriggly dark brown pupa.

Pachysphinx modesta

 

This is no modest moth! I first thought it was a bat when it flew onto my porch.

Note the pinkish color on the hindwing.

 

Olyphant, Lackawanna County, PA

Schuyler County Illinois USA, May

2012:07:01 17:57:17 (p7016468)

The same big moth, but this time after falling onto the garage floor at a family member's property; identified as a Modest Sphinx moth

Camera Used: Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Lens Used: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens

2012:07:01 17:53:40 (p7016455)

2012:07:01 17:55:01 (p7016462)

2012:07:01 18:02:45 (p7016491)

Pachysphinx modesta

 

This is no modest moth! I first thought it was a bat when it flew onto my porch.

It is on my daughter's shirt in this photo. It then climbed up her arm and onto her hair.

 

Olyphant, Lackawanna County, PA

2012:07:01 17:56:55 (p7016467)

2012:07:01 17:57:20 (p7016469)

Modest Sphinx Moth

attracted to mothing light

Norris Camp

Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota

Phylum Arthropoda - Arthropods

Subphylum Hexapoda - Hexapods

Class Insecta - Insects

Order Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths

Superfamily Bombycoidea - Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths

Family Sphingidae - Sphinx Moths

Subfamily Smerinthinae

Tribe Smerinthini

Genus Pachysphinx

Species modesta - Modest Sphinx - Hodges#7828

Nothing below this species

A big moth appearing to "pray" on cover on the back of a truck that belongs to family members; identified as a Modest Sphinx moth.

Camera Used: Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Lens Used: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens

Modest Sphinx Moth

attracted to mothing light

Norris Camp

Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota

2012:07:01 17:56:26 (p7016466)

A "modest sphinx moth," Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut.

2012:07:01 17:58:24 (p7016480)

2012:07:01 17:58:20 (p7016477)

Pachysphinx modesta or Modest Sphinx Moth. Given the number of huge cottonwoods in this area I really am surprised that I have never seen one of these around before.

Modest Sphinx Moth

7828 Pachysphinx modesta

Pachysphinx modesta or Modest Sphinx Moth. Given the number of huge cottonwoods in this area I really am surprised that I have never seen one of these around before.

Big Poplar (Modest) Sphinx Moth (Pachysphinx modesta)

She's a Modest Sphinx, Pachysphinx modesta moth. they don't spin cocoons and they burrow into the ground to do the chrysalis thing. I think she's the same fancy fat caterpillar i moved out of the way earlier in the month when we moved the sister into the house.

Most likely this is the Modest Sphinx Moth. Still on page 5.....

A "modest sphinx moth," Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut.

A "modest sphinx moth," Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut.