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Plump and lime green, yellow stripe on either side of it's head. Perhaps 3 cm long. Climbing on my garden fence.

How squishy, fluffy, and UTTERLY ADORABLE is this giant Modest Sphinx (Pachysphinx modesta)???? I feel so lucky she agreed to sit and pose for some shots :-).

Big Poplar Sphynx or Modest Sphinx. A large sphinx or hawk moth that belongs to the family Sphingidae and has a wingspan of 10-12 cm. Larvae feed on poplar and willow trees. Adults are active at night. These moths are among the fastest fliers of all moths. Found across North America. This specimen was found and photographed in the wild.

Pachysphinx modesta, 7828, Errol NH

Pachysphinx modesta (big poplar sphinx), photographed at Monroe Canyon, about 5 miles north of Harrison, Nebraska on July 14, 2018.

The Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx is a moth of the Sphingidae family. It ranges from the southern United States up and throughout Canada. Adults are on wing from mid-June to mid-July in Canada.

 

This pupa is captive bred.

 

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I just had to interrupt my current series of images on the Norway Maple, to show you an image I captured yesterday of an amazing giant moth I photographed yesterday at work. I have never seen anything like it. This particular moth (and several other) had been clinging to the brickwork of one of our buildings at work for over 30 hours. To give you a better sense of the size of this insect, is body is wider than the width of my car key shown near the bottom center of the image.

 

In searching to try to find out the identification of this moth, I came across a web site by moth expert Bill Oehlke that described a related species. Bill was kind to identify my moth as Pachysphinx modesta, aka the Modest Sphinx (family Sphingidae). This moth, which is widespread in much of North America, has a wingspan of 7.6-12 cm.

 

Here is a link to BIll's interesting site on this and other fascinating moths: www.silkmoths.bizland.com/SphOntario.htm

 

Please Click on the Image to View Large On Black.

 

The Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx (Pachysphinx modesta) is a moth of the Sphingidae family. It ranges from the southern United States up and throughout Canada.

The Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx is a moth of the Sphingidae family. It ranges from the southern United States up and throughout Canada. Adults are on wing from mid-June to mid-July in Canada.

 

This pupa is captive bred.

 

© Roger Wasley 2015 all rights reserved. Unauthorized use or reproduction for any reason is prohibited.

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

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.

This fellow was apparently just resting, on my front stoop in Casco (Maine) Friday afternoon. He adopted this slightly aggressive posture when prodded (to see if in fact he WAS alive!). Quite large, and I've never seen one like it before, here..... I'd love to know what species this is!

 

I think it is some variety of Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth, but which, exactly?? :-)

 

Modest Sphinx with lesser beasts (Jack Pine Budworms and ??), Lewiston, Montmorency Co., MI

aka Big Poplar Sphinx, Saylorville, Polk County, IA, 15 June 2013.

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, 1802

Tribe: Smerinthini, Grote & Robinson, 1865

Genus: Pachysphinx Rothschild and Jordan, 1903

Species: modesta (Harris, 1839)

 

I have been blessed over the past few years with moths... This one was on the doorstep as I stepped out this morning...probably had a hard time with the wicked thunderstorm and pounding rain. I didn't see the purple on him until I moved him!

 

Big Poplar Sphinx. Photographed at Dahl Forest, Haliburton County, Ontario on 25 June 2017. Looking ever so slightly menacing!

Modest Sphinx (Pachysphinx modesta).

Dorsal view, showing iridescent scales.

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada,

June 12, 2008.

 

Until recently, the common name was Big Poplar Sphinx.

 

Comments: The blue/violet iridescent scales are most noticeable with a very particular angle of lighting. Last year I was able to closely examine a live Western Poplar Sphinx adult. The individual I examined did not appear to have the blue/violet iridescent scaling of the Big Poplar Sphinx.

 

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I had two beautiful sphinx moths at the blacklight last night that I don't think I've ever seen before.

This one was quite large, and few around for a while bashing into the window and the walls and me before it finally calmed down and landed on the outdoor table leg.

Nicely camoflaged with grey on the outside, but a bit or red on the underwing.

Woody Hollow, BCP, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA

The Modest Sphinx or Poplar Sphinx (Pachysphinx modesta) is a moth of the Sphingidae family. It ranges from the southern United States up and throughout Canada.

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

Adult Pachysphinx modesta male (Modest Sphinx)

Pachysphinx modesta

Smerinthini

Smerinthinae

Sphingidae

Order: Lepidoptera,

Superfamily: Bombycoidea,

Family: Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths),

Subfamily: Smerinthinae,

Tribe: Smerinthini

Pachysphinx modesta (big poplar sphinx), photographed at Monroe Canyon, about 5 miles north of Harrison, Nebraska on July 14, 2018.

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

Big Polar (Modest) Sphinx. Photographed at Raven Lake, Ontario on 5 June 2011. Like a flying mouse!

aka Big Poplar Sphinx, Saylorville, Polk County, IA, 15 June 2013.

Modest Sphinx Moth

attracted to mothing light

Norris Camp

Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota

She's been here all day and I had to get the step ladder to get this shot. She's about 2.5" from her nose to the tip of her wings. Gaston County, NC, USA. Canon T6i. 6/24/2018

Big Lake, St. Louis County, MN, 19 July 2013.

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

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