Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pink Spotted Hawk Moth, Linda C. Miller

Pink Spotted Hawk Moth, Linda C. Miller
Originally uploaded by Linda C. Miller

In September, one of my fellow Virginia Master Naturalists had my husband and I over for dinner. Just before we were seated on the patio, I noticed something "big" flying in front of their Moon flower. It was this amazing moth and its very, very long proboscis was having its dinner too!

Hawk and sphinx moths are known to get its nectar from flowers with very long calyxes and the Moon flower has just that. In honor of this moment and should this be the pollinator of the gardenia in my garden, I painted this amazing creature made from a series of field guide references.

 Pink Spotted Hawk Moth
Agrius cingulata

Watercolor on 300lb Hot Press paper
Size: 5.5 inches wide by 4 inches high
Copyright Linda C. Miller, 2010

Have a great day in nature, Linda

Linda C. Miller
Artist, Naturalist and Instructor
Williamsburg, Virginia


  1. Beautiful, Linda, we've got them in the Midwest, too...the colors are delightful.

  2. You've captured him beautifully Linda, and I also just LOVE it when they visit at night! In the dark I actually HEAR them before I see them!

  3. It's so beautiful and poetic, thanks for sharing it with us


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