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 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
September 02, 2016 Whatsthiscaterpillar Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States September 03, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 Hermesmann British Columbia, Canada August 24, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 adakaia Boulder County, Colorado, United States August 13, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Hcpetty4 Boulder County, Colorado, United States August 13, 2016 Details
August 05, 2016 Tjensen11 Ellis County, Kansas, United States August 08, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2016 Details
July 25, 2016 Caseyfairy26 Colorado, United States August 03, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 Ken Cheeks Burke County, Georgia, United States July 17, 2016 Details
April 21, 2016 earbake Yavapai County, Arizona, United States July 15, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 JYoung85 San Diego County, California, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 07, 2016 pabirdermoore Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 10, 2015 SEM PC Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States July 06, 2016 Details
September 30, 2015 Joryhansen Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States July 06, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 Lizzy1908 Minidoka County, Idaho, United States June 10, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 msteinhelper Bexar County, Texas, United States June 02, 2016 Details
August 06, 2015 raptorrunner Thurston County, Nebraska, United States May 30, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 dabidaloca Kern County, California, United States May 27, 2016 Details
May 22, 2016 luvsedona Yavapai County, Arizona, United States May 27, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 crashtestblonde Canyon County, Idaho, United States May 16, 2016 Details
February 21, 2014 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States April 29, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 nat_k_king Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States April 25, 2016 Details