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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.

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.


The Caterpillar

Lime green caterpillar with black lines and orange spots
  • Lime green to 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 grape vines.

More Insects: Insects of Wisconsin


When I Grow Up I Want To Be A White Lined Sphinx Moth

Beautiful dark brown hawk moth with a tan, white and pink coloring.
  • 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

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 floral.


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