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White-lined Sphinx

Hyles lineata

Description:

Black, white and yellow caterpillar with a horn tail. The head and anal plate are yellow. The sides are light gray and white with black and yellow spots. There is a white stripe down the back. The horn is black. This species is highly variable in appearance. Even on the same plant, they can vary a lot. See Notes below

Habitat:

Unknown flower stem near a rose bush in the backyard.

Notes:

iPhone series :) Compare with my other spottings of this species at: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/11... and https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/23... and https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/15...

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White-lined Sphinx
Hyles lineata Hyles lineata - BugGuide.Net


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2 Comments

Thank you J! I didn't realize they were this variable :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

What a beauty! The caterpillars of this species are highly variable, ranging from green to yellow to black!

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.12, Long: -117.12

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 5, 2013

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