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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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Monroe County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hot Spring County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alachua County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Escambia County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Highlands County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chatham County, Georgia, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alexander County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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