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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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
June 24, 2015 ColoradEO Boulder County, Colorado, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 DeMarinos Humboldt County, California, United States July 20, 2015 Details
April 03, 2013 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 16, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 genevieveday Thurston County, Washington, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 bashores Flathead County, Montana, United States July 11, 2015 Details
April 25, 2015 phussemann Pima County, Arizona, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 JDreimiller Pierce County, Washington, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 Jkcrack Colorado, United States July 01, 2015 Details
April 24, 2014 M. Moore Collin County, Texas, United States July 01, 2015 Details
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