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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April 23, 2014 Shines San Bernardino County, California, United States April 24, 2014 Details
April 05, 2014 mmjdelgado Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 22, 2014 Details
April 18, 2014 Lowell LeFebvre Kay County, Oklahoma, United States April 22, 2014 Details
March 22, 2014 deptula Alameda County, California, United States April 21, 2014 Details
September 14, 2013 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States April 21, 2014 Details
April 19, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 19, 2014 Details
April 19, 2014 suny14u Hunt County, Texas, United States April 19, 2014 Details
April 15, 2014 Greylan Collin County, Texas, United States April 15, 2014 Details
April 12, 2014 Gravityh Ventura County, California, United States April 14, 2014 Details
April 10, 2014 UrsulaV Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 13, 2014 Details
April 08, 2014 BK-47 Orange County, California, United States April 10, 2014 Details
April 08, 2014 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States April 09, 2014 Details
April 08, 2014 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States April 09, 2014 Details
April 01, 2014 tuyetnpham Austin County, Texas, United States April 09, 2014 Details
April 04, 2014 David Allen Jones Orange County, California, United States April 04, 2014 Details
March 12, 2014 Mlnathan Los Angeles County, California, United States April 03, 2014 Details
March 31, 2014 j3553p4d1ll4 Los Angeles County, California, United States April 03, 2014 Details
March 29, 2014 jbrainnerd Clark County, Nevada, United States April 02, 2014 Details
April 02, 2014 rballard Denton County, Texas, United States April 02, 2014 Details
March 29, 2014 Lmgranzow San Joaquin County, California, United States March 31, 2014 Details
March 24, 2014 jgoetze Texas, United States, Webb County March 30, 2014 Details
March 28, 2014 cjbaughman Brazos County, Texas, United States March 29, 2014 Details
March 25, 2014 SJC Texas, United States March 27, 2014 Details
March 24, 2014 bobb1 Santa Clara County, California, United States March 25, 2014 Details
March 24, 2014 legalkix Los Angeles County, California, United States March 25, 2014 Details
March 25, 2014 boogerhandler Los Angeles County, California, United States March 25, 2014 Details
March 23, 2014 sheppy Sutter County, California, United States March 24, 2014 Details
March 22, 2014 Black.a Texas, Travis County, United States March 22, 2014 Details
March 11, 2014 nbonner Bexar County, Texas, United States March 21, 2014 Details
March 20, 2014 byewood Merced County, California, United States March 21, 2014 Details
March 27, 2013 byewood Merced County, California, United States March 21, 2014 Details
March 19, 2014 Kaazzeekali Los Angeles County, California, United States March 21, 2014 Details
March 19, 2014 Kary Ann Murphree San Luis Obispo County, California, United States March 21, 2014 Details
March 20, 2014 PFinck Santa Clara County, California, United States March 21, 2014 Details
March 16, 2014 Shawna D Los Angeles County, California, United States March 18, 2014 Details
March 16, 2014 AKimages San Diego County, California, United States March 18, 2014 Details
March 15, 2014 lprice2008 Fresno County, California, United States March 17, 2014 Details
March 16, 2014 Jerry Walgamuth Los Angeles County, California, United States March 17, 2014 Details
March 16, 2014 hgnitschke Sacramento County, California, United States March 17, 2014 Details
July 27, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Salem County, New Jersey, United States March 14, 2014 Details
February 22, 2014 gelsja1012 Los Angeles County, California, United States March 13, 2014 Details
March 11, 2014 DF193 Monterey County, California, United States March 13, 2014 Details
March 12, 2014 chaparrales Los Angeles County, California, United States March 13, 2014 Details
March 11, 2014 Barbara Fowler Smith Santa Barbara County, California, United States March 13, 2014 Details
March 09, 2014 Purtycookies Los Angeles County, California, United States March 10, 2014 Details
March 05, 2014 orangeb96 Clark County, Nevada, United States March 06, 2014 Details
March 05, 2014 kibblesplace San Bernardino County, California, United States March 06, 2014 Details
August 02, 2013 Jigglinjman Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States February 26, 2014 Details
February 01, 2014 Jul2001 Sacramento County, California, United States February 25, 2014 Details
September 01, 2013 Frederike Hofstra Grand County, Colorado, United States February 24, 2014 Details