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 09, 2016 Kathie Bogue Craven County, North Carolina, United States September 09, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 DDutton Texas, San Saba County, United States August 19, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 DDutton Texas, San Saba County, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 Tom Raub Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States August 06, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 erica32paulk Dale County, Alabama, United States July 30, 2016 Details
October 30, 2014 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
September 16, 2015 rosacmchenry@sbcglobal.net Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States January 19, 2016 Details
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October 31, 2015 Canarvan Okaloosa County, Florida, United States October 31, 2015 Details
October 25, 2015 Baygel Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States October 25, 2015 Details
September 03, 2015 Brittany6767 Placer County, California, United States October 23, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 08, 2015 rwbenson1 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States October 11, 2015 Details
October 02, 2015 pkallam Texas, Rockwall County, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 Britnmason Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States September 18, 2015 Details
September 08, 2015 Deb Hoagland Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States September 16, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 Joseph Miller Reno County, Kansas, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States September 03, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Joehollyflores@msn.com Texas, Parker County, United States August 30, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States July 29, 2015 Details
September 27, 2011 Greenesnake Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 ilovebutterflies Pima County, Arizona, United States July 15, 2015 Details
May 18, 2015 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 31, 2015 Details
October 26, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 31, 2015 Details
September 29, 2007 Margaret and I 1996 Texas, United States, Webb County May 10, 2015 Details
April 20, 2015 wj1563 Bexar County, Texas, United States April 20, 2015 Details
October 01, 2010 Indy Entomologist Hendricks County, Indiana, United States January 25, 2015 Details
August 24, 2014 finatic Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 11, 2014 Details
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