White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar
This White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Hyles lineata) might not look like much now, but he grows up to be the white lined sphinx moth which most people mistake for a hummingbird.
- Lime green to a medium green caterpillar.
- Black with orange spots arranged in lines down the entire body.
- The head horn is not a stinger.
- Found throughout Central and North America.
The caterpillars eat a wide variety of farm crops and garden plants. The larvae can form massive groupings capable of damaging crops. The caterpillars seem to love tomato, apple trees, and grapevines.
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When I Grow Up I Want To Be A White Lined Sphinx Moth
- Often mistaken for a hummingbird because of its size and flight patterns.
- Beautiful dark brown hawk moth with a tan, white and pink coloring.
- Found throughout Central and North America
What the Spinx Moth Eats
A furry hawk moth that visits flower gardens, wildflowers and bushes gathering nectar. They seem to prefer pale, white or non-scented flowers over heavily scented florals around dusk and for night heavier scented florals.
- Hardy Zones 5-9
- Mature Height: 10′
- Also Attracts Hummingbirds
- Very fragrant
- Very Easy To Grow
- Several types. Ground cover blooming in early spring to the tall phlox blooming in mid- to late summer
- Hardy Zones 2-9
- Also attract birds, bees and butterflies
- Blue-green leaves with puckered surfaces, white & lavender blooms
- Zones 4-8, Light to full shade
- Blooms in early summer, 28-36″ high, 38-46″ wide
- Flowers attract bees, hummingbirds, hawk moths
Backyard Caterpillars Calender
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