Sphinx gordius

890119.00 — 7810 — Sphinx gordius Cramer, 1780 — Apple Sphinx

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:

Polyphagous (woody plants)


This species and S. poecila present the only significant identification challenge among the Bombycoidea (Saturniidae and Sphingidae) of Block Island.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Covell Field Guide p.35; Pl. 5(3, male).
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21:p. 65; pl. 5.3-9. order or free PDF
  • Kitching, I.J., 2019. Sphingidae Taxonomic Inventory, species page
  • Species Page at Bill Oehlke's moth website - Sphinx gordius
  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 86; pl. 6.9, 11.
  • Wagner, D. L., (2005). Caterpillars of Eastern North America, p. 258.