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White-Lined Sphinx Moth

Hyles lineata

Description:

When flitting amongst flowers, this moth looks very much like a hummingbird...it moves and hovers in similar fashion. It feeds through a tube which rolls up, when they are moving (see first photo above) or dipping out to the flower when sipping nectar (second photo). They are large, about the same size as a small hummingbird.

Habitat:

This was spotted in the alpine region of the Spring Mountains. I have also seen these in urban areas in the Mojave Desert.

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3 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 6 years ago

Awesome!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Too good.

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 6 years ago

love the 2nd pic!

Jim Nelson
Spotted by
Jim Nelson

Nevada, USA

Spotted on Aug 20, 2014
Submitted on Feb 20, 2015

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