white lined sphinx

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You can thank @madody‘s really awesome webcomic, @wild-wasp, for this guy. Eyup, this boy is literally a fancharacter for a webcomic about cowboy bugs, and I gotta say that’s the best premise for a comic I’ve ever seen. I definitely recommend giving it a look but know it doesn’t have a bunch of pages atm.

He was supposed to be a moth but I feel he lost a bit of those mothy features during creation. (specifically a  white-lined sphinx or hummingbird moth)

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White-Lined Sphinx Moth by Thomas Hamel
Via Flickr:
Hyles lineata feeding on Ocotillo Joshua Tree National Park Note that the robot tagged the image “hummingbird” - that’s how big the moth is and what the tourists thought they were. Beth and I have wanted to see this action for yonks, so it was especially gratifying to find them in beautiful afternoon light. I’m pretty sure Beth has better shots - I’m still learning to use a grown-up camera.

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The arrival of tender spring vegetation in the desert is a signal for the arrival of hungry opportunists. I saw thousands of white-lined sphinx moth caterpillars (Hyles lineata) on the march across the Cottonwood Canyon bajada at Joshua Tree. They would strip a plant bare, and then move on. I had never seen the black-striped western morph before. Back east we prefer our H. lineata caterpillars camouflaged green, to better blend in with the tomato plants they are eating. 

A couple of fuzzies.

Here, have some moths! The first was found at Rock Dam, WI (Clark County), the second in Eau Claire County, WI.

A white-lined sphinx moth and a male Antheraea Polyhemus. I think.

The Sphinx moth’s wing looks  little wonky, but it wasn’t injured; it was able to fly away, and did so when it thought I got too close with the camera lens.

There had been a female A. Polyhemus around but she was pretty skittish and flew away as soon as I got close. The male was happy to climb around on me for awhile.

Hm. Not sure if this actually uploaded or not, but here’s a moth I’d like some help with an ID (and I figured you’d like to see it too). It was super pretty and fairly big and I saw it while out canvassing in St. Louis.

If the image doesn’t upload, just shoot me an Ask and I’ll try again.

You found yourself a White-lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata) a beautiful species of sphinx moth (Sphingidae).