Sphinx poecila

890121.00 — 7810.1 — Sphinx poecila Stephens, 1828 — Northern Apple Sphinx
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Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:

Polyphagous (woody plants)


This species and S. gordius 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 (merged in S. gordius without comment).
  • Species Page at Bill Oehlke's moth website - Sphinx poecila
  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
  • Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 87; pl. 6.3, 6.
  • Wagner, D. L., (2005). Caterpillars of Eastern North America, p. 258 (merged in S. gordius).