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White-lined Sphinx (Hummingbird) Moth

Hyles lineata


Family: Sphingidae Subfamily: Macroglossinae Wing Span: 2 7/16 - 3 9/16 inches (6.3 - 9 cm). White-lined Sphinx moths can be recognized by their large size, large eyes, furry brown thorax with six white stripes, tan band down each forewing, row of white-lined veins across the forewings, and by their pink and black hindwings. While hummingbirds prefer red flowers and other brightly colored, tubular flowers, nighttime White-lined Sphinx moths prefer white and other pale-colored, tubular flowers, which are much easier for them to see in the evening. I've observed daytime White-lined Sphinx moths at a variety of flower colors, and the flower color preferences of these mainly nocturnal moths may differ from day to night.


Habitat: A wide variety of open habitats including deserts, suburbs, and gardens. Range: Central America north through Mexico and the West Indies to most of the United States and southern Canada. Also occurs in Eurasia and Africa. Conservation: Not usually required.

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LeahFerneReed 6 years ago

Thank ya XD

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago


Sacramento, California, USA

Lat: 38.71, Long: -121.33

Spotted on Apr 5, 2012
Submitted on Apr 27, 2012

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