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White-lined Sphinx

Hyles lineata


Beautiful brown moth with tan stripes and a 3 inch wingspan. Its hindwing has a wide pink band. This family is also known as Hawk Moths. The caterpillar can be seen at my other spotting: and the adult in flight at:


Backyard resting on a Scilla sp. "Its range extends from Central America, through the United States and into parts of Canada."


"The adult of this species is a key pollinator of the rare lemon lily (Lilium parryi) in California." The caterpillars eat Willow weed (Epilobium), Four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa), Apple (Malus), Evening primrose (Oenothera), Elm (Ulmus), Grape (Vitis), Tomato (Lycopersicon), Purslane (Portulaca), and Fuchsia.

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Thank you Ali and Gilma! Its eyes were very cool looking! We have Lantana and tomato nearby which it likes :)

Love your spotting!! I do not know if you had a chance to see it's eyes... they look so human like!!
I had Portulaca, Fuchsia and Lantana plus lots of other flowers, when it came in my garden to breed, later the babies came out of my red Lantana and flew away.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 5 years ago


Thank you very much!

Lovely Hummingbird Moth.

Thank you very much, eccatlover9 and J! That evening, 2 more showed up. Sphinx party!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Spectacular Cindy! And congratulations on your first sphinx moth find!

eccatlover9 5 years ago

The photography is amazing!!!

Thank you both! I was excited as this was my first Sphinx spotting :)

LuisStevens 5 years ago

Beautiful series Cindy!

Beautiful !

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.14, Long: -117.05

Spotted on Mar 7, 2013
Submitted on Mar 8, 2013

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