Pupa of a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth

Subject:  wHATS IS THIS BUG?
Geographic location of the bug:  FRANKLIN NC
Date: 12/27/2018
Time: 01:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I FOUND THIS UNDERNEATH A PIECE OF WOOD
How you want your letter signed:  HOFF

Pink Spotted Hawkmoth Pupa

Dear HOFF,
This is the pupa of a Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.  Based on the look of the proboscis casing (what looks like a handle on the pupa) we are confident that this is the pupa of a Pink Spotted Hawkmoth when compared to this image on BugGuide.  The adult Pink Spotted Hawkmoth should emerge this spring provided it survives the winter.  To help ensure its survival, you should gently replace the wood.

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