Blinded Sphinx Moth; Paonias excaecata - Life Cycle

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Blinded Sphinx Moth Paonias excaecata



Host plants: black cherry, willow, hawthorn, and various other trees.
Blinded Sphinx Moth  (Paonias excaecata ) adult Florida
Blinded Sphinx Moth with pink under wings  (Paonias excaecata ) Florida
Blinded Sphinx Moth green caterpillar worm  (Paonias excaecata ) Florida
Blinded Sphinx Moth adult
Paonias excaecata
A Blinded Sphinx Moth
has pink underwings
The green caterpillar
blends well with its
host plant
Blinded Sphinx Moth  (Paonias excaecata ) green caterpillar (worm) Florida
Blinded Sphinx Moth camouflaged  
 (Paonias excaecata ) Florida
Blinded Sphinx Moth caterpillar
Paonias excaecata
A Blinded Sphinx Moth
camouflaged well


Blinded Sphinx moths are recorded in every contiguous state in the United States except Nevada. While resting, these moths are nearly invisible. The larvae or caterpillars blend well in with the leaves of their host plants. Caterpillars dig down into the soil to change into pupae. Blinded Sphinx do not make cocoons. The Small-eyed Sphinx Moth greatly resembles the Blinded Sphinx Moth. The Small-eyed has yellow around their 'eyes' on their underwings while the Blinded Sphinx Paonias excaecata has pink around their 'eyes' on their underwings.