Sphinx Moth (hawk or hummingbird moth)
- Eggs: Females lay eggs on the underside of leaves.
- Larvae: Larvae feed on the leaves of ash trees and other trees, but do not cause severe defoliation. The green larvae can grow up to 6 cm long and have a horn or spine-like projection at one end. It’s not a stinger, nor is it poisonous!
- Adults: Full grown, adults have brown wings with white stripes and medium to large spindle-shaped bodies. Their front wings are long and narrow and may span 2 cm or more. Adults are strong fliers and move just like hummingbirds, hovering over flowers to sip nectar for food.
Identifying infestations: Larvae or moths rarely infest any area; they cause little damage or no damage to plants in your yard.
- Preventive tools: Not applicable
- Physical tools:
- Remove larvae by hand since they rarely infest any area.
- Biological tools: Not applicable.
- Least toxic chemical tools: Not applicable