|Agrius convolvuli ♂ MHNT|
|Agrius convolvuli ♂ △ MHNT|
Description and habits
The wingspan is 80–105 mm. This hawkmoth's basic coloration is in grayish tones, but it has delicate colored regular spots on both sides of the abdomen, in black, pink and white rows.
Its favorite time is around sunset and during the twilight, when it is seen in gardens hovering over the flowers. This moth is very attracted to the lights, so it is often smashed by cars in highways. Its caterpillars eat the leaves of the Convolvulus, therefore its Latin name "convolvuli". Other recorded foodplant include a wide range of plants in the Araceae, Convolvulaceae, Leguminosae and Malvaceae families. It can be a pest of cultivated Ipomoea. It feeds on the wing and has a very long proboscis (longer than its body) that enables it to feed on long trumpet like flowers such as Nicotiana sylvestris.
The caterpillars can be in a number of different colours. As well as brown (pictured below) they have been seen in bright green and black.
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