Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1301742

Bedstraw hawkmoth
Hyles gallii

Observation date: July 19, 2021
Submitted by: kristasessions
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: So, this one was actually INSIDE the building I work at. It was way up on a wall near an exit sign, and I just happened to see it on my way in. I had to take the pic with my 600mm telephoto with no flash (that's why it's terrible quality). My co-worker kindly agreed to take the forktruck over, and with my bug cup trapped it so I could release the poor thing outdoors. I walked it over to the field and when I released it, holy cow! That thing took off!! I was hoping I could get a better photo in better light, but no such luck. I caught a glimpse of pink on it's underwings before it disappeared. Totally made my day that we could rescue it! :)
Status: Resident
Verified by: Sue Gregoire
Verified date: July 20, 2021
Coordinator notes: None.
Partner project: National Moth Week
Checklist region(s): United States, New York, Cortland County