Welcome to the Hostplant Index! This is a database containing records of hostplants eaten by Sphingidae larvae.
To use this index, search for any level of taxonomy under subfamily for Sphingidae, or for family/genus/species for hostplant. The source that the record came from is indicated by a number at the end, use the table to the right to figure out what they are.
This is not a complete database. In fact, it's still growing. If you would like to submit records, please contact us using this form.
Current number of hostplant records: 1220
We update this database monthly.
Last update: 10/18/2018
1: Personal Observations made by Teá Kesting-Handly or Stephen Kloiber
2: Tuttle, James P., and Margaret A. Rutledge. The Hawk Moths of North America: a Natural History Study of the Sphingidae of the United States and Canada. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, 2007.
3: Wagner, David L. Caterpillars of Eastern North America: a Guide to Identification and Natural History. Princeton University Press, 2005.
4: BugGuide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/15740
5: Bill Ohelke, “Sphingidae of the Americas”: http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/Sphinx/usatable.htm
6: Lotts, Kelly and Thomas Naberhaus, coordinators. 2017. Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA). http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/
7: Robinson, G. S., P. R. Ackery, I. J. Kitching, G. W. Beccaloni & L. M. Hernández, 2010. HOSTS - A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosts.
8: Schmidt, B. Christian (2018). Cryptic species among bumblebee mimics: an unrecognized Hemaris hawkmoth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in eastern North America; Zootaxa 4399 (1): 032–048, 2018
9: Schmidt, B. Christian (2009). Hemaris thetis (Boisduval, 1855) (Sphingidae) is a Distinct Species. Journal of the Lepidopterists Society 63(2), 2009, 100-109