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The sphinx moth family Sphingidae is also called the hawk moth and the hummingbird moth because of its hovering, swift flight patterns. These stout-bodied moths have long, narrow forewings and shorter hindwings, with wingspans ranging from 2 to 8 inches. Many species pollinate flowers such as orchids, petunias and evening primroses while sucking their nectar with a proboscis feeding tube that exceeds 10 inches in some species.
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After some research, it appears to be in fact a white-lined sphinx moth. I wanted to share what I learned since I was curious if it was truly a friend or foe. Basically, just enjoy the beautiful winged moth as they entertain with their fancy flight of pollination. There are several species of sphinx moths that vary somewhat from one another, particularly in color and pattern.
My Home: I am found worldwide. I primarily hide during the day and emerge at dusk or during the early morning hours. What I eat: As a caterpillar, I eat the leaves and stems of plants.
It reminded me of a humming bird in every flying sense however, it had the face of a butterfly with large antennae and beautiful thin wings. It let me take numerous pictures before disappearing. Still Amazed Phoenix, Arizona.
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The White-lined Sphinx, Hyles lineatais common across most of North America, but in both the adult and larval stage it can make headlines and baffle the average citizen. At first glance, many people believe they are indeed seeing a hummingbird. Then that long proboscis comes into focus.
This hornworm is the caterpillar stage of the white-lined sphinx moth. Although tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms are unwelcome guests in gardening America, every hornworm doesn't spell doom for some leafy plant in the yard. This hornworm is the caterpillar stage of the white-lined sphinx moth Hyles lineatathe moth that hovers, hummingbird-like, around tubular flowers like four o'clocks.