Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1184664

Five-spotted hawkmoth
Manduca quinquemaculata

Observation date: August 29, 2018
Submitted by: A_baldini
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Time: ~3:40 p.m. Temperature: 82 degrees. Wind speed: 3 mph. Sky: Mostly sunny. Notes: I found this hawkmoth ripped apart in my backyard, with various parts scattered around a few-foot radius. Based on my previous sighting, I'm guessing this is another Five-spotted hawkmoth (though it's a little hard to tell in this mangled, worn state). My next-door neighbors have a free-roaming cat, and they also have a garden with tomato plants. At dusk, I'm guessing their cat stalks the garden, and she pounces on these moths as they come by to inspect the tomato plants for egg-laying. Then, she probably deposits the dead or injured moth in my backyard, which would explain the other one I found a month ago.
Status: Resident
Verified by: charleseharp
Verified date: September 11, 2018
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): Larimer County, United States, Colorado