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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July 26, 2014 Papakid2 Conway County, Arkansas, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 IdGyT3297 Brown County, Wisconsin, United States July 25, 2014 Details
September 06, 2012 ddodd Cochise County, Arizona, United States July 24, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 clarissa.lehman Benton County, Oregon, United States July 24, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 jawinget Monroe County, Illinois, United States July 24, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 colsmith El Paso County, Colorado, United States July 23, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 Bervenj Larimer County, Colorado, United States July 23, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 mattesonsc Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States July 23, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 trialsz63 Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 EvelynT Coryell County, Texas, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 Bexfx Sangamon County, Illinois, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 donnie001 Texas, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 lifeisfun4 Vermillion County, Indiana, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 Tim Fenske Cass County, Minnesota, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 Lauren Allen Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States July 17, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 AmiThompson Anoka County, Minnesota, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 jwerth Tazewell County, Illinois, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 Show_Girl_ Sherman County, Kansas, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 stewrat Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 Cndyrvr4lf Anoka County, Minnesota, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 hmcfadden Montana, United States July 11, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 byet photography Kittitas County, Washington, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 byet photography King County, Washington, United States July 10, 2014 Details
March 21, 2014 jaykay Arizona, United States July 08, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 Runicstanza Boulder County, Colorado, United States July 08, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 jim.odonater Lake County, Oregon, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 N7ynkwyo Laramie County, Wyoming, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 Tess Cedar County, Missouri, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 emilymoker El Paso County, Colorado, United States June 30, 2014 Details
May 28, 2014 EricOlson Boulder County, Colorado, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 photokev Denver County, Colorado, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 jay__sotres Ellis County, Kansas, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 Photo girl Saguache County, Colorado, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 11, 2014 Bob Ensign Park County, Colorado, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 M Kyllo British Columbia, Canada June 22, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Obaollie El Paso County, Colorado, United States June 21, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 jabawaki Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States June 21, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 CathyK Mesa County, Colorado, United States June 21, 2014 Details
September 14, 2013 prbjork Custer County, South Dakota, United States June 19, 2014 Details
May 28, 2014 groebke El Paso County, Colorado, United States June 15, 2014 Details
June 02, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States June 15, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Peggy O Taylor County, Wisconsin, United States June 10, 2014 Details
August 28, 2013 klgraves Pima County, Arizona, United States June 06, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 springston San Francisco County, California, United States June 02, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 rgoers Weber County, Utah, United States May 31, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 joysavoie Riverside County, California, United States May 30, 2014 Details
May 28, 2014 terrywhitney Grant County, Washington, United States May 29, 2014 Details
May 28, 2014 sseagrave Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States May 28, 2014 Details
April 08, 2014 xdragon Orange County, California, United States May 28, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 Laddie Snohomish County, Washington, United States May 27, 2014 Details