Marigold the goat commented on my last moth post about sphinx moths being the ones who produce those voracious tomato hornworms. Fortunately, none of these that I've photographed are the specific variety of sphinx moth that produces the tomato hornworm. That moth is the Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata). You can click on that link to see its picture. So far...I haven't seen any of those, thank goodness! The ones I've been seeing are primarily moths whose larvae feed on native plants on my land, including apple, poplar and birch trees, as well as marsh and river plants, which are in abundance here.
This newcomer is Paonias excaecata, whose common name is the Blinded Sphinx moth. It is so named because of the spot on the hind wing, which you can see (because my finger was pushing the forewing aside). As you can see, it looks like a blue eye, but without a pupil. Thus, blinded sphinx.
You can compare it with the One-eyed Sphinx moth (Smerinthus cerisyi) which has a "pupil" in the blue spot, as shown below. Sorry about the shadow in the picture - it's from my porch light and was unavoidable.
The third one in this group is the Twin-spotted Sphinx (Smerinthus jamaicensis), which has two blue spots separated by a dark stripe. I managed to take a picture of one of these a couple of days ago, but when I tried to get the eye spot, it flew away, so you'll just have to trust me on the double spot story! Or, you can see a picture of one here. This is the one that I phographed - a really stunning moth. (Sorry about the copyright but I submitted it to a moth photography site that required it and now I can't remove it)
A couple of smaller and more subtle moths were also present. Here's one that goes by the delightful common name of the Agreeable Tiger Moth (Spilosoma congrua). I have no idea why it's agreeable, and I'm not sure that I'd want to meet a disagreeable tiger moth. This one really looks like it's wearing a furry hood, like a sort of winter fairy-robe. I absolutely wanted to pet it on the head.
This is a Spotted Tussock moth, also known as a Yellow-spotted Tiger moth. Common names can vary a lot and that's why I prefer the proper Latin taxonomic names, which for this little guy is the lofty Lophocampa maculata.
I noticed this little guy in his brown furry hat! He's a Ruby Tiger moth (Phragmatobia fuliginosa). I couldn't get a picture of his body, but if you could see it, it would be a deep red colour.
Last but not least, here is the impressively large and beautiful Modest Sphinx moth (Pachysphinx modesta). I'm not sure why it's modest but perhaps it doesn't show off around the other moths. So furry!
So there you have it - my moth menagerie. Back to work for me!