Privet Hawkmoth from England

Subject:  Identification wanted
Geographic location of the bug:  Norfolk england
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 10:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please identify this lovely specimen e on my fence
How you want your letter signed:  Christine

Privet Hawkmoth

Dear Christine,
This is a Privet Hawkmoth,
Sphinx ligustri, and according to UK Moths:  “Our largest resident hawk-moth, which is distributed in the southern half of Britain, and has distinctive pink and black barring on the body.  The similarly-striped hindwings are often concealed.  It frequents woodland and suburban habitats, and flies in June and July, with a single generation.” 

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