Attributes of Agrius cingulata

Pink-spotted hawkmoth
Agrius cingulata (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Body is robust. Abdomen tapers to a point and is grayish brown with pink bands. Forewing is mottled gray and brown; hindwing is gray with black bands and pink at the base.
Wing Span: 3 3/4 - 4 3/4 inches (9.5 - 12 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars are large and stout and have a horn at the end of the abdomen. They feed both day and night. Caterpillars pupate in chambers dug in the ground. Adults are very strong fliers.
Flight: . One flight from June-October in most of the range, several flights throughout the year in Florida and Louisiana.
Caterpillar Hosts: Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), jimsonweed (Datura), and related plants.
Adult Food: Nectar from deep-throated flowers including moonflower (Calonyction aculeatum), morning glory (Convolvulus), and petunia (Petunia species).
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands, open areas.
Range: Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the southeastern United States, Texas, southern New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California; strays northward in the summer to British Columbia, Colorado, Michigan, and Maine.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: The caterpillars can be pests on sweet potatoes in the southern states.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 28, 2014 treys grammy Benton County, Arkansas, United States September 28, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 23, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 finatic Pima County, Arizona, United States September 22, 2014 Details
October 26, 2012 webielenberg Blount County, Tennessee, United States August 28, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 jtmangum Texas, United States, Williamson County July 13, 2014 Details
September 03, 2009 Darkmoth Ocean County, New Jersey, United States July 05, 2014 Details
October 12, 2013 flutewood Onslow County, North Carolina, United States February 14, 2014 Details
September 23, 2013 Angie Adams Dodge County, Nebraska, United States January 30, 2014 Details
August 30, 2013 erica32paulk Dale County, Alabama, United States January 13, 2014 Details
September 11, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 27, 2013 Details
September 12, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 27, 2013 Details
October 21, 2013 Rookey Washington County, Minnesota, United States October 29, 2013 Details
October 22, 2013 didi Cook County, Illinois, United States October 25, 2013 Details
October 13, 2013 koolsonshine Burleson County, Texas, United States October 17, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 millshw Pitt County, North Carolina, United States October 16, 2013 Details
October 13, 2013 clemons171 York County, Pennsylvania, United States October 14, 2013 Details
September 30, 2013 kdkennedy913 Buckingham County, Virginia, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 11, 2013 grantbarrett San Diego County, California, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 11, 2013 Jean Fontaine Greenville County, South Carolina, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 10, 2013 Denise Sierra Texas, United States October 10, 2013 Details
September 03, 2013 wrkinprgrs Jackson County, Missouri, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 John LeBlanc Henrico County, Virginia, United States October 03, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 BigPinkMoth Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada September 29, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 KmfKaf12 Chatham County, Georgia, United States September 27, 2013 Details
September 11, 2013 Stuart Marcus Texas, Liberty County, United States September 16, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 redchaser Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States August 30, 2013 Details
December 04, 2011 JimConrad Yucatan, Mexico August 22, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 bargecr90 Gregg County, Texas, United States August 14, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 BirdLover77 Sussex County, Delaware, United States August 13, 2013 Details
August 05, 2013 Shaq1ab Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 06, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 Pete Williams Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States July 05, 2013 Details
July 02, 2013 insect girl Bell County, Texas, United States July 02, 2013 Details
September 21, 2012 Dhardin Sumner County, Tennessee, United States July 01, 2013 Details
June 01, 2013 ryanmcdonnell New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States June 30, 2013 Details
May 15, 1974 jccooley Rowan County, North Carolina, United States March 25, 2013 Details
September 29, 2006 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States January 29, 2013 Details
September 28, 2010 tjantscher Linn County, Iowa, United States January 14, 2013 Details
October 09, 2011 Ken Childs Chester County, Tennessee, United States November 29, 2012 Details
October 24, 2012 mystikalkat Texas, Kaufman County, United States November 25, 2012 Details
November 03, 2012 kui Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States November 18, 2012 Details
August 13, 2012 MeanusGeneus Norfolk City County, Virginia, United States November 17, 2012 Details
September 24, 2003 rseidler Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States November 14, 2012 Details
May 04, 2011 rseidler Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States November 14, 2012 Details
July 06, 2012 Lawst St Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States November 14, 2012 Details
October 24, 2012 Jared Harmon Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States November 05, 2012 Details
September 03, 2012 southernfilly Iredell County, North Carolina, United States November 01, 2012 Details
September 23, 2012 amanda Carroll County, Georgia, United States November 01, 2012 Details
October 22, 2012 rsilversea Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States October 23, 2012 Details
October 15, 2012 ilawork58 Pueblo County, Colorado, United States October 22, 2012 Details
October 18, 2012 JerryB Craighead County, Arkansas, United States October 21, 2012 Details