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The imago has a wingspan of 33⁄4 - 43⁄4 inches (9.5 – 12 cm). Its robust body is gray-brown with pink bands. The abdomen tapers to a point. The hindwings are gray with black bands and pink at the bases. It is nocturnal. It feeds on the nectar from deep-throated flowers including moonflower (Calonyction aculeatum), morning glories (Convolvulus species), and petunias (Petunia species).
This is mainly a neotropical species, and the adults migrate north to Canada and south to Patagonia and the Falkland Islands. It can also be found in the Galápagos Islands and Hawaii. It has been reported from western Europe, including Portugal. It has recently become established in West Africa and Cape Verde, possibly having originated in Brazil.
- "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Archived from the original on 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- Agrius cingulatus (section "Distribution")
- Bauer, E.; Traub, B. (July 1980). Dr. Heinz Schröder for the Society Internationaler Entomologischer Verein, ed. "Zur Macrolepidopterenfauna der Kapverdischen Inseln" [On the Macrolepidoptera fauna of the Cape Verde Islands]. Entomologische Zeitschrift (in German) (Frankfurt am Main: Alfred Kernen Verlag in Stuttgart) 90 (14): 244–248 ("Part 1: Sphingidae und Arctiidae").
- Eduardo Marabuto (2006). "The Occurrence Of A Neotropical Hawkmoth In Southern Portugal: Agrius cingulatus" (PDF). Boletín Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa 38: 163–166.
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