Agrius cingulata

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

Agrius cingulata, Old Bridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey,
September 9, 2011, David Moskowitz.

Dave writes, September 24, 2011:

"Hi Bill,

"Here is another one you are welcome to use if you need it. I found this Pink-striped Hawkmoth in Old Bridge, Middlesex County, NJ on Sept. 9, 2011. It had come to the lights on a building.

"I like the way the wings blend perfectly into the bark, and it is hard to tell where they end and the tree begins...enjoy! Dave"

I reply:

"Thanks, Dave,

"Generally this sphinx is a more southerly species, but strays do make their way northward, especially in late summer and early fall. I think they are often assisted by strong winds from tropical storms that move up along the East Coast. The Pink-spotted Hawkmoth has been seen at least as far north as Nova Scotia, Canada."

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