Regarding the Nessus Sphinx reported by Stephenie Armstrong, they are likely fairly common here in Peterborough County, though I rarely see them myself. They do, however, seem to be a day-flier, and can therefore be confused with a Hemaris species like the Snowberry Clearwing.

A few weeks ago, at my friend’s place near Warsaw, we were getting up to two dozen Gallium Sphinx
(Bedstraw Hawkmoths) at a time at her sprawling honeysuckle bush at dusk. More to follow soon about them. I got some excellent pictures!

I’ve seen 41 Monarchs now, and the first was the earliest ever for me – May 30th!
(Only one Giant Swallowtail, however, and it was on the same date as the first Monarch).

Tim Dyson

Nessus Sphinx – Note yellow bands on abdomen – Stephenie Armstrong – June 2017


Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.