Unidentified sphinx moth
June 9, 2010
This beautiful animal just happened to enter through our window.
I am unable to identify it further than to say it is a sphinx moth.
Spain (north east)

Lime Hawkmoth

Hi Joaquim,
You encountered a Lime Hawkmoth, Mimas tiliae, a species that has an extensive profile on the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic website which states:  “On the Iberian Peninsula this species is recorded from northern Spain and northern Portugal, with a small population in the mountains of central Spain (Pérez De-Gregorio et al., 2001). However, Rambur (1942) records a single individual from Malaga, Spain, but it’s status in this area requires confirmation.
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