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 09, 2016 Lizzy1908 Minidoka County, Idaho, United States June 10, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 msteinhelper Bexar County, Texas, United States June 02, 2016 Details
August 06, 2015 raptorrunner Thurston County, Nebraska, United States May 30, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 dabidaloca Kern County, California, United States May 27, 2016 Details
May 22, 2016 luvsedona Yavapai County, Arizona, United States May 27, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 crashtestblonde Canyon County, Idaho, United States May 16, 2016 Details
February 21, 2014 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States April 29, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 nat_k_king Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States April 25, 2016 Details
April 20, 2016 allalonestone British Columbia, Canada April 22, 2016 Details
April 22, 2016 Amanda Fenton King County, Washington, United States April 22, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 dpenney California, United States April 21, 2016 Details
March 19, 2016 PONYRCR San Diego County, California, United States March 22, 2016 Details
June 30, 1964 Todd Stefanic Butte County, Idaho, United States February 04, 2016 Details
March 08, 2009 kevinlyfellow Orange County, California, United States January 18, 2016 Details
September 27, 2015 Charflet Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States December 30, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 J_Martineau Teton County, Wyoming, United States December 11, 2015 Details
October 26, 2015 Dhinden Dane County, Wisconsin, United States November 01, 2015 Details
July 16, 2014 Cadisclass Vernon County, Wisconsin, United States October 29, 2015 Details
October 26, 2015 wagss14 Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States October 27, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 yumyumcatt Gregg County, Texas, United States October 14, 2015 Details
March 21, 2015 cdegroof Los Angeles County, California, United States October 03, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 Clara4 Graham County, Arizona, United States September 24, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 Broadview Bill King County, Washington, United States September 24, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 Sharon Watson Traill County, North Dakota, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 cody smith Texas, Midland County, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 wlyter Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States September 18, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 Nancee Cobb Bay County, Florida, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 08, 2015 mriddle Pima County, Arizona, United States September 11, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 Kitty329 Day County, South Dakota, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Deb Hoagland Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States September 09, 2015 Details
August 23, 2015 Michael Blott San Diego County, California, United States September 05, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 Poca81 British Columbia, Canada August 30, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 digginflowers Sussex County, Delaware, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 adakaia Boulder County, Colorado, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 sseagrave Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States August 12, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 Sethinator San Diego County, California, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 vision_m Bosque County, Texas, United States August 08, 2015 Details
August 07, 2014 Kenneth Guy Monroe County, Michigan, United States August 04, 2015 Details
September 04, 2014 jewel942 Michigan, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 13, 2013 woodcrvr Dubuque County, Iowa, United States August 01, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 sparrowevans Larimer County, Colorado, United States July 31, 2015 Details
August 12, 2014 Kelela86 El Paso County, Colorado, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Mr.catapillar Larimer County, Colorado, United States July 31, 2015 Details
August 08, 2014 essie Larimer County, Colorado, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 Katwmn1161 Jefferson County, Colorado, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 darkcloudchild Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States July 30, 2015 Details
July 02, 2014 MissourahGal Chariton County, Missouri, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 Mary Alexander Power County, Idaho, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 sseagrave Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 BassFreq British Columbia, Canada July 22, 2015 Details