Subject: Vermont nighttime visitor
Geographic location of the bug: Waitsfield Vermont
Time: 11:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We found this guy waiting for us on our porch at 10 PM yesterday. Porch light was on but the bug was just sitting on a cushion. Gone in the morning.
How you want your letter signed: CL
We suspect this Bedstraw Hawkmoth, Hyles gallii, was attracted to the porch light. According to Sphingidae of the Americas: “Hyles gallii ranges coast to coast in Canada (into the Yukon) and southward along the Rocky Mountains into Mexico. It is also widely distributed throughout Europe and Asia.”