Subject: Large Long Island Month?
Location: Southampton, NY
October 27, 2012 11:29 am
I LOVE your website! I have been fascinated by insects for years and whenever I can’t identify one, I almost always can find it on your site. I am stumped on this one though, and hope you can help ID it.
It is a rather large moth for our area, about 3 or 4 inches long. We spotted this moth in a farm field on eastern Long Island, NY on September 30th around noon. The farm was growing pumpkins, raspberries, apples and sunflowers.
I was looking around the web and thought it sort of looked like a ghost moth or a a hawk moth, but I wasn’t really sure.
Thanks for you awesome site!
Signature: -Lauren, Long Island, NY
We believe this is a Five Spotted Hawkmoth, and you can read more about it on Sphingidae of the Americas.