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 04, 2010 finatic San Diego County, California, United States December 18, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 finatic San Diego County, California, United States December 18, 2014 Details
April 19, 2009 finatic San Diego County, California, United States December 18, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 coreyk Clark County, Nevada, United States December 11, 2014 Details
September 26, 2014 finatic Imperial County, California, United States December 10, 2014 Details
November 27, 2014 finatic Imperial County, California, United States December 09, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 J_Martineau Park County, Wyoming, United States November 26, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 smckinstall@yahoo.com Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, United States November 20, 2014 Details
September 29, 2014 Whatsaustindoin Sacramento County, California, United States September 30, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 28, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 kericarp Maricopa County, Arizona, United States September 26, 2014 Details
September 26, 2014 Alain Raymond Maricopa County, Arizona, United States September 26, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 Jmccand1 Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 davecfarm Carver County, Minnesota, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 wet paint Maricopa County, Arizona, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 Dabz Maricopa County, Arizona, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 Krish49 Jefferson County, Kansas, United States September 23, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 finatic Pima County, Arizona, United States September 22, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 finatic Pima County, Arizona, United States September 22, 2014 Details
August 14, 2014 fluffycat567 El Paso County, Texas, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 21, 2014 lfd5pengy Cook County, Illinois, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 15, 2014 treys grammy Benton County, Arkansas, United States September 15, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 Jack Senzig Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States September 14, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 finatic Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States September 10, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 finatic Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States September 10, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 finatic Pinal County, Arizona, United States September 10, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 jim.odonater Tillamook County, Oregon, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 coop Yavapai County, Arizona, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 Pafreako Cook County, Illinois, United States September 07, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 finatic Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States September 05, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 finatic Pinal County, Arizona, United States September 05, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States September 04, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 Sir balliol Benton County, Washington, United States September 03, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 Jxs124 Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States September 03, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 Latenight Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States September 03, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 Cherie Delaniey British Columbia, Canada September 03, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 Facundity Coconino County, Arizona, United States September 02, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 jim.odonater Graham County, Arizona, United States September 02, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 JAKros Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States September 01, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 Sisol Hendrix Pima County, Arizona, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 mckinney Navajo County, Arizona, United States August 28, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 jim.odonater Inyo County, California, United States August 27, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 Mary54 Las Animas County, Colorado, United States August 26, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 akoligian Clark County, Nevada, United States August 25, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 SteveSass Lake County, Indiana, United States August 25, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 webielenberg Blount County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 peilover010202 Knox County, Indiana, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 J Dill Davidson County, Tennessee, United States August 23, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 smckinstall@yahoo.com Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, United States August 21, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 leniseb Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States August 21, 2014 Details