Blinded Sphinx Paonias excaecata (J.E. Smith, 1797)    Synonyms: Blind-eyed Sphinx, Hodges #7824.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Sphingidae   >   Genus Paonias   

Status:

Found across the state. Adults will often come into lights at night.

Where to find:

Look for caterpillars on the edges and in clearings of deciduous woods.

Relationships:

Host plants include various deciduous trees and shrubs.

There are 148 records in the project database.

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A Blinded Sphinx at Rocky Gap State Park in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Photo by Ashley Bradford. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/11/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/17/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/17/2017). Verified by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Robert Aguilar, SERC. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/14/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/19/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Carroll Co., Maryland (7/26/2023). Verified by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Barbara Speckart. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/28/2013). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/10/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Worcester, Maryland (7/24/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/23/2004). Photo by Dave Czaplak. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/6/2020). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

Blinded Sphinx in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/17/2017). (c) Randy Bodkins, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Randy Bodkins via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Harford Co., Maryland (7/30/2020). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/21/2014). Photo by Mike Burchett. (MBP list)

Blinded Sphinx mating in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/9/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx at Jemicy School in Baltimore Co., Maryland (6/2011). Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Calvert Co., Maryland (8/31/2002). Photo by Arlene Ripley. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/30/2002). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A male Blinded Sphinx in Howard Co., Maryland (7//2003). Photo by Larry Line. (MBP list)

A male Blinded Sphinx in Howard Co., Maryland (7//2003). Photo by Larry Line. (MBP list)

A female Blinded Sphinx in Howard Co., Maryland (7/0/2003). Photo by Larry Line. (MBP list)

A female Blinded Sphinx in Howard Co., Maryland (7//2003). Photo by Larry Line. (MBP list)

Blinded Sphinx larva in Garrett Co., Maryland (Date obscured). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx caterpillar in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/12/2018). Photo by Bob Cammarata. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx Moth caterpillar in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/8/2010). Photo by Bob Cammarata. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx larva in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/13/2015). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx caterpillar in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/6/2015). Photo by Bob Cammarata. (MBP list)

A Blinded Sphinx caterpillar in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/31/2014). Determined by Ryan St. Laurent/BugGuide. Photo by Vincent Vizachero. (MBP list)

Paonias excaecata caterpillar in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/4/2022). Photo by Jim Moore. (MBP list)


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