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White-lined Sphinx (female)

Hyles lineata


Giant tan moths with white markings attracted to the porch light in the evening.

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CoralAvery 7 years ago

Thank you, and thanks Karen for sharing on Facebook! These moths are very cool. :)

KarenL 7 years ago

Fun fact! Sphrinx moths’ size and rapid wing beats allow them to hover and feed like hummingbirds, and they are sometimes even mistaken for hummingbirds! Many species are regular visitors to porch lights and can sometimes be gently coaxed on to a hand - as demonstrated here!

LarryGraziano 7 years ago

There has been a bunch of spottings of these lovely moths across southern California this past week! Nice capture and series!

Hema 7 years ago


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San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Feb 16, 2014
Submitted on Feb 18, 2014

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