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Pink Spotted
Pink Spotted  
Hi,

I live in a suburb of Milwaukee.  The past few nights we have been enjoying a show of several Hawk Moths (after some research).  I was wondering if they normally inhabit my area?

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Andy:

The moth in your image is not a Pink-spotted Sphinx Moth.  It is a White-lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata , which is a very common species across the entire U.S.

It would not be out of the question for a Pink-spotted Sphinx Moth to stray into Wisconsin, however:

http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7771

Looks from the map on that page that there are several Wisconsin records already, in fact.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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