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2263007771Agrius cingulata – Pink-spotted Hawk Moth – (Fabricius, 1775)

© Alan Chin-Lee
Distribution: Essentially a neotropical species breeding in the deep southern and southwestern border areas of the USA, strays broadly northward in the East to lower Canada and the Maritimes, and in the West to British Columbia.
Seasonality
and Size:
It is found in Maryland, according to John Glaser, from 12 August to 16 October, common in the Coastal Plain but rare westward. There are several broods in the deep south where it may be active throughout the year. Wingspan ranges from 95 - 120 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larva may attain pest status on sweet potato, and also are known to utilize jimsonweed, pawpaw and morning-glory. Adults may nectar at deep-throated flowers such as moonflower, morning glory, honeysuckle and petunia.
Description/
Field Marks:
  • pink crossbands on abdomen.
  • hindwing gray with black bands and pink shading towards base.
  • In form decolorus the pink on hindwing and abdomen is replaced by pale pinkish white.
  • References
    Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

    Agrius cingulata
    © Bob Patterson
    Agrius cingulata
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    Agrius cingulata
    © Lynette Schimming
    Agrius cingulata
    © Nolie Schneider
    Agrius cingulata
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    Agrius cingulata
    © Gretchen Grammer
    Agrius cingulata
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    Agrius cingulata
    105mm – © Jim Vargo
    Agrius cingulata
    95mm – © Jim Vargo

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