Agrius cingulata

Agrius cingulata
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The Pink-spotted Hawkmoth
(Fabricius, 1775) Sphinx

Agrius cingulata, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana,
October 7, 2008, courtesy of Phillis.

On October 8, 2008, Phyllis writes, "We just went through two hurricanes again, Gustave and Ike. We evacuated for the second time in our lives for Hurricane Gustave, but he hit and devastated the neighboring Terrebonne Parish. And although Hurricane Ike actually targeted Galveston Texas, his tidal surge came all the way to lower Jefferson Parish and flooded the same people again that were flooded by Hurricane Rita three years ago. But just like before, we were spared the worst and we're very grateful for that.

"I had not seen the moth Agrius cingulata in the last year or so, but one came back today. He was sitting on our porch swing looking just as beautiful as ever. I have attached a couple of pictures to show you."

I received many images of this species from the southern states in early October, 2008. May the people rebound from the devastating effects of hurricanes as the moths do!

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Agrius Hubner, [1819] ...........
Species: cingulata (Fabricius, 1775)


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Agrius cingulata, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana,
October 7, 2008, courtesy of Phillis.

Agrius cingulata in unusual pose, October 6, 2004, courtesy of Phillis in Louisiana.

Visit a beautiful series of photos of Agrius cingulata from Vicksburg, Mississippi, courtesy of Paul Ingram.

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