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White-lined Sphinx - Hodges#7894 (Hyles lineata)? - Hyles lineata

White-lined Sphinx - Hodges#7894 (Hyles lineata)? - Hyles lineata
Ocean Pines, Worcester County, Maryland, USA
July 21, 2011
Size: 1.75 in.
I grow "Tina James Magic Primrose" Oenothera glazioviana in my ornamental garden and love to watch the blossoms pop open in the deepening dusk. At this time, I notice a variety of insects that wait for the flowers to open and dart in for the first sip of nectar. Among these is a fast-moving hovering Sphinx moth, and I suspect that it paused to lay an egg one night. This large, fast-growing hornworm has appeared on one of the primrose flower stalks in the last few days, and it loves the flowers too, though in a different way.

It seems similar to other images of the caterpillar for the White-lined Sphinx, which I see from other submissions feeds on Oenothera spp.

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White-lined Sphinx - Hodges#7894 (Hyles lineata)? - Hyles lineata White-lined Sphinx - Hodges#7894 (Hyles lineata)? - Hyles lineata

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

And they absolutely LOVE
Evening Primrose (both for caterpillar food and nectar).

Yes.
I think this species is a pretty generalist feeder as a caterpillar.

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