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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

Sphinx Moth

Hi Shaarif,
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.


What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Pakistan

3 Responses to Silver-Striped Hawkmoth from Pakistan

  1. Dr.M.Faheem Younus says:

    Assalam o Alikum,the above picture of moth is related from family:(Sphingidae:Lepidoptera), and belongs to the genus Hippotion,and the bioplogical name is Hipption celerio.

  2. Azan Karam says:

    I saw a hummingbird Moth last evening.
    It hover before jasmine flowers and insert its long proboscis inside a flower for collecting necter….
    Its my 3rd encounter with this species in Swat Valley.

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