Subject: Strange insect!
Location: Lahore, Pakistan, South Asia
December 7, 2012 12:01 pm
I found this strange insect out on my porche. It stayed in the SAME POSITION for about 1/2 days! Can you please identify it for me. It is goldenish in colour and has a sharp look.
Signature: Shaarif Sajid
This Sphinx Moth greatly resembles a wide ranging North American species, the Striped Morning Sphinx, Hyles lineata. They look similar to, but not identical to, these Striped Hawkmoths from Iraq. We took the liberty of color correcting your image and we hope you appreciate the results. We will be grading a color correcting assignment this weekend for the Belmont High School digital imaging class.
Update: February 9, 2014
We just received a comment that this is Hippotion celerio, a wide ranging species known as the Silver-Striped Hawkmoth. There is additional information on the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaeartic site.