Sphingid moth, October 2006-- can anyone name the species?
The photographer writes; This hawk moth appeared in my breezeway last month. Fortunately I blew it off its perch, which caused it to open its wings to expose the cinnamon coloration otherwise hidden. I don't have a species name yet. I did send a photo of the moth previously with its wings closed and commented it showed a serrated rear wing margin.
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Looks like an Errinyis sp. to me. Do you know where it was photographed? How big it is?
The moth was photographed last fall at an apartment complex in urban Houston, TX. Length is about 2.5 inches or a little more.