Attributes of Hyles lineata

White-lined Sphinx
Hyles lineata (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Upperside of forewing is dark olive brown with paler brown along the costa and outer margin, a narrow tan band running from the wing tip to the base, and white streaks along the veins. Hindwing upperside is black with a reddish pink median band.
Wing Span: 2 7/16 - 3 9/16 inches (6.3 - 9 cm).
Life History: Adults usually fly at dusk, during the night, and at dawn, but they will also fly during the day. Caterpillars pupate in shallow burrows in the ground. Massive population buildups occur which stimulate emigrations to colonize more northern areas.
Flight: . Two broods from February-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: A great diversity of plants including willow weed (Epilobium), four o'clock (Mirabilis), apple (Malus), evening primrose (Oenothera), elm (Ulmus), grape (Vitis), tomato (Lycopersicon), purslane (Portulaca), and Fuschia.
Adult Food: Nectar from a variety of flowers including columbines, larkspurs, petunia, honeysuckle, moonvine, bouncing bet, lilac, clovers, thistles, and Jimson weed.
Habitat: A wide variety of open habitats including deserts, suburbs, and gardens.
Range: Central America north through Mexico and the West Indies to most of the United States and southern Canada. Also occurs in Eurasia and Africa.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Occasional outbreaks of caterpillars have damaged tomatoes, grapes, and garden crops in Utah.
Taxonomy Notes:

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June 20, 2015 elissa7997 Texas, Potter County, United States June 24, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 Imicindy Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States June 24, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 jtchambl Riverside County, California, United States June 22, 2015 Details
July 25, 2013 N Weasel Madera County, California, United States June 10, 2015 Details
April 26, 2015 Scherre Dallas County, Texas, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 cowbug3 Jackson County, Oregon, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 cruzzzzzz Riverside County, California, United States May 26, 2015 Details
April 09, 2013 Angela Wolff San Diego County, California, United States May 25, 2015 Details
May 19, 2015 mothwing Napa County, California, United States May 23, 2015 Details
May 17, 2015 CALSpen Riverside County, California, United States May 21, 2015 Details
May 19, 2015 Fiona_McQ British Columbia, Canada May 20, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 kdoyle Clark County, Washington, United States May 19, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 KJ Pierce County, Washington, United States May 19, 2015 Details
July 04, 2014 mandak308 Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
August 04, 2014 Sashaanagel14 Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
August 08, 2014 martadawes Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 matthew.allen San Benito County, California, United States May 14, 2015 Details
February 25, 2015 marzalex6@gmail.com Riverside County, California, United States May 12, 2015 Details
June 27, 2014 allelopath Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States May 06, 2015 Details
July 20, 2014 thamilton1954 Grant County, New Mexico, United States May 06, 2015 Details
July 18, 2014 RMichaelson Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States May 06, 2015 Details
July 25, 2014 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States May 06, 2015 Details
August 01, 2014 dwmurray Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States May 06, 2015 Details
July 17, 2014 Peecwhite Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States May 06, 2015 Details
July 17, 2014 Peecwhite Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States May 06, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 John D Shasta County, California, United States May 06, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 ShellieG Jackson County, Oregon, United States May 04, 2015 Details
May 03, 2015 klamath1 Klamath County, Oregon, United States May 04, 2015 Details
September 23, 2014 camper44 Polk County, Iowa, United States May 03, 2015 Details
September 28, 2014 Chriswn Polk County, Iowa, United States May 03, 2015 Details
September 27, 2014 amberahartz Polk County, Iowa, United States May 03, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 Olgak29 Orange County, California, United States May 03, 2015 Details
April 30, 2015 aerosick Kern County, California, United States May 01, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 PapaBok Alameda County, California, United States May 01, 2015 Details
April 25, 2015 amdurso Cache County, Utah, United States April 27, 2015 Details
April 23, 2015 Croby San Joaquin County, California, United States April 23, 2015 Details
February 26, 2015 paula_albin Yavapai County, Arizona, United States April 22, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 lahope Maricopa County, Arizona, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 22, 2015 aztrish Yuma County, Arizona, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 21, 2015 IBeiers Riverside County, California, United States April 21, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 MarcyG Santa Clara County, California, United States April 20, 2015 Details
April 17, 2015 StephMoli1204 Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 kpowell314 Santa Clara County, California, United States April 18, 2015 Details
April 17, 2015 Helen Wilkerson Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 17, 2015 Details
April 06, 2015 11davie Clark County, Washington, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 MagicGeekDust Los Angeles County, California, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 13, 2015 lotusgreen Alameda County, California, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 joseph.taylor.mt St Clair County, Illinois, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 08, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 13, 2015 Details
September 04, 2014 jewel942 Michigan, United States April 12, 2015 Details