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GALLERIES > BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS > WHITE-LINED SPHINX [Hyles lineata]


White-lined Sphinx Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
GPS: 34.1N, -118.2W, elev=281' MAP
Date: April 21, 2009
ID : 2044 [3888 x 2592]

White-lined Sphinx Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
GPS: 34.1N, -118.2W, elev=281' MAP
Date: April 2, 2005
ID : 0061 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The White-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata) is a moth of the Sphingidae family. It lives from Central America, through the United States and into parts of Canada.

The fore wing is dark brown with a tan stripe which extends from the base to the apex. There are also white lines that cover the veins. The black hind wing has a broad pink median band. It has a wingspan of 2 to 3 inches.

The White-lined sphinx may be encountered from April to October.

The larva is yellow and black or sometimes lime green and black. Many individuals have a subdorsal stripe. The head, prothoracic shield, and the anal plate are one color either green or orange with small black dots. The horn varies from either yellow or orange and sometimes has a black tip.

The caterpillars of this species eat:

  • Willow weed (Epilobium)
  • Four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa)
  • Apple (Malus)
  • Evening primrose (Oenothera)
  • Elm (Ulmus)
  • Grape (Vitis)
  • Tomato (Lycopersicon)
  • Purslane (Portulaca)
  • Fuchsia


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