White-lined Sphinx moth, Hiles lineata
Plants used by the Larva of the White-Lined Sphinx
In these pictures (below and above) a
White-Lined Sphinx moth larva is feeding on California fuchsias, Zauschineria
California. This a a beautiful plant that grows in seasonal creaks
and rock faces with available moisture. It can tolerate garden water
but also be very drought tolerant. It is also very popular with
hummingbirds as well as butterflies.
The white lined sphinx larva also feeds on
Oenothera spp. below is a picture of an Evening Primrose, Oenothera
hookeri. Adult moths also get nectar from them. This particular
species is quite tall, it can reach 6 foot. The flowers are around two
inches in diameter and only open at night. It is very popular with
Amazingly these two flowers,the California fuchsia and the
Evening primrose, are in the same family, the Onegraceae family
Plants used as nectar sources by the Adult White-Lined Sphinx
The adult White-Lined Sphinx moth feeds on lots of flowers. Some of
it's favorites are Sages, and Evening Primrose. Sages, Salvia spp. are
very popular with butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds.
In the above picture a White-Lined Sphinx moth begins to
extend it's proboscis as it approaches it's target, a Salvia brandegii
This sage forms a nicely rounded shrub that is covered with deep blue
flower throughout the spring and summer.
In the picture below the White-Lined Sphinx moth finally became camera
shy and is zooming off.
The White-Lined Sphinx moth also likes Desert
Bluebell, Phacelia campanularia .
It came to visit it repeatedly in
our Escondido demonstration garden.