Friday, October 12, 2007
Pink Spotted Hawkmoth (Agrius cingulatus)
What would cause lots and lots of huge, brown-marbled moths with bright pink markings to come to rest near a light on a shed in Assateague? The light drew them to the shed, of course, but no one knows why they chose this shed as a gathering place. They have been seen here before, but are not particularly abundant. The moths, looking like a collection of triangular aircraft waiting on a tarmac, covered the ranger's shed earlier this week. They were there day and night and never seemed to leave to find food. Did they came to this shed to die? Who knows. More information about the species can be found here.