Newly Emerged Sphinx Moth NOT Laurel Sphinx

Subject: Do you know what this is?
Location: Brant Lake, NY 12815
July 8, 2012 10:51 pm
We found this bug and Don’t know what it is.
It was found on the Beach in Brant Lake, NY 12815
Signature: Eric

Newly Emerged Sphinx Moth

Hi Eric,
This newly metamorphosed Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth might be an even more decorative accessory than the rock on the young lady’s finger.  We believe this might be a Laurel Sphinx based on photos on the Sphingidae of the Americas website, however, since the wings are not fully expanded, we cannot be certain.  We will try to check with Bill Oehlke to see if he can confirm that identification.

Thanks for the Info
I think she likes the ring better…lol

Bill Oehlke Cannot Confirm nor Refute
August 20, 2012
Sorry for delay.
I am getting caught up now with correspondence.
I do not think it is a Laurel Sphinx, but there are several other
possibilities so I cannot make a determination.
Wing colouration is wrong for kalmiae.

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