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 18, 2017 tamarabaker522@gmail.com Pueblo County, Colorado, United States April 24, 2017 Details
April 17, 2017 Tattoodv Ada County, Idaho, United States April 19, 2017 Details
March 03, 2017 pacastillo Texas, United States, Williamson County April 17, 2017 Details
April 09, 2017 d356bud Carson County, Texas, United States April 09, 2017 Details
March 29, 2017 njschulz Dallas County, Texas, United States April 06, 2017 Details
April 04, 2017 Raeann6363 Bell County, Texas, United States April 06, 2017 Details
March 27, 2017 Flygirl501 Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States March 27, 2017 Details
March 27, 2017 Littlelee Texas, United States, Williamson County March 27, 2017 Details
March 25, 2017 eboepple1913 Blanco County, Texas, United States March 27, 2017 Details
March 19, 2017 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States March 20, 2017 Details
March 19, 2017 Lutterback Texas, Kimble County, United States March 20, 2017 Details
September 16, 2015 scwilso35 Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States March 10, 2017 Details
February 16, 2017 Elizabeth Kelsey Harris County, Texas, United States March 07, 2017 Details
March 02, 2017 Sue Allie Brevard County, Florida, United States March 04, 2017 Details
February 19, 2017 Gyges Chambers County, Texas, United States February 20, 2017 Details
August 12, 2016 mdbudny Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States February 09, 2017 Details
September 28, 2016 Andrea1993 Genesee County, Michigan, United States February 09, 2017 Details
January 28, 2017 AJVanh.arch Martin County, Florida, United States January 29, 2017 Details
June 14, 2016 J_Martineau Carbon County, Wyoming, United States January 09, 2017 Details
January 01, 2017 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States January 01, 2017 Details
August 27, 2013 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States December 12, 2016 Details
August 13, 2014 Paul Ribitzki Pawnee County, Oklahoma, United States November 18, 2016 Details
October 29, 2016 Heather Moir Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States November 15, 2016 Details
November 12, 2016 Devined23 Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States November 12, 2016 Details
November 05, 2016 Bstauffer Wood County, West Virginia, United States November 06, 2016 Details
October 23, 2016 rae7947 Pike County, Ohio, United States October 28, 2016 Details
October 16, 2016 jtylerbell St Marys County, Maryland, United States October 17, 2016 Details
October 11, 2016 eli.ogden Montgomery County, Illinois, United States October 13, 2016 Details
October 04, 2016 mcathyn0502 Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 11, 2016 Details
October 09, 2016 tigermoth Clarke County, Virginia, United States October 09, 2016 Details
September 28, 2016 Okole1808 Shoshone County, Idaho, United States October 03, 2016 Details
September 27, 2016 emperoreel Mesa County, Colorado, United States October 01, 2016 Details
September 21, 2016 nlb.birder Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States September 27, 2016 Details
September 26, 2016 LornaS Allen County, Indiana, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 24, 2016 lcdelong Loudoun County, Virginia, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 kofoedsl Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States September 23, 2016 Details
September 20, 2016 pdeborah Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States September 23, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 John Demko Aiken County, South Carolina, United States September 23, 2016 Details
September 21, 2016 Boslwe Pima County, Arizona, United States September 22, 2016 Details
September 20, 2016 JohnBoback Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States September 21, 2016 Details
August 22, 2016 taogirl Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States September 17, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 Marjorie Siegel Pima County, Arizona, United States September 14, 2016 Details
September 11, 2016 cjsl Canyon County, Idaho, United States September 14, 2016 Details
September 13, 2016 yardbird Burlington County, New Jersey, United States September 13, 2016 Details
August 23, 2016 scully Manitoba, Canada September 11, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 Mufford Minnesota, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 31, 2016 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States September 10, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Marjorie Siegel Cochise County, Arizona, United States September 09, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States September 07, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Nanna Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States September 05, 2016 Details