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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March 25, 2015 RumbleLA Los Angeles County, California, United States March 26, 2015 Details
March 24, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States March 26, 2015 Details
March 24, 2015 Stephteacher Los Angeles County, California, United States March 26, 2015 Details
March 19, 2015 Moniw14 Carson City County, Nevada, United States March 21, 2015 Details
March 19, 2015 Mothra321 Los Angeles County, California, United States March 20, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 MAKI San Bernardino County, California, United States March 20, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 The_Battus_philenor Butte County, California, United States March 19, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 Laura Pass Riverside County, California, United States March 19, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States March 19, 2015 Details
January 29, 2015 Fred of Oceanside San Diego County, California, United States March 16, 2015 Details
February 02, 2015 drevision6 San Diego County, California, United States March 16, 2015 Details
March 06, 2015 karin_k San Diego County, California, United States March 14, 2015 Details
March 13, 2015 pjedwards San Diego County, California, United States March 13, 2015 Details
March 11, 2015 liavalos99 Orange County, California, United States March 12, 2015 Details
February 27, 2015 ddrudis California, United States March 12, 2015 Details
March 08, 2015 Fraumann San Diego County, California, United States March 09, 2015 Details
July 16, 2014 anthonydenver Adams County, Colorado, United States February 27, 2015 Details
September 06, 2014 jill05s El Paso County, Colorado, United States February 27, 2015 Details
February 15, 2015 kwhynaucht Ventura County, California, United States February 16, 2015 Details
February 15, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States February 16, 2015 Details
February 14, 2015 wapperdude Los Angeles County, California, United States February 14, 2015 Details
February 03, 2015 Aquarius25 Maricopa County, Arizona, United States February 10, 2015 Details
February 10, 2015 montrealer Arizona, United States February 10, 2015 Details
July 08, 1993 Indy Entomologist McLean County, Illinois, United States January 31, 2015 Details
April 06, 2013 Jsantsingh Storey County, Nevada, United States January 30, 2015 Details
May 05, 2014 2230128 Madison County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2015 Details
May 23, 2014 Sunny_Jim Ada County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2015 Details
May 24, 2014 Sunny_Jim Ada County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2015 Details
May 28, 2014 Alan Holyoak Madison County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2015 Details
June 01, 2014 jessiegibson Ada County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2015 Details
July 19, 2014 tybaby82 Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2015 Details
September 20, 1980 Indy Entomologist White County, Indiana, United States January 25, 2015 Details
September 23, 2014 Rondco Dodge County, Minnesota, United States December 28, 2014 Details
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