Subject: Weird Moth
April 8, 2015 9:57 pm
I’ve identified lots of bugs thanks to your website and I was hoping you could help me identify this moth I found flying outside. I didn’t get any pictures of the body, but it looked tan with black spots. I’ve never seen a moth like this and I was curious about what it was. The body was about two inches long and I usually don’t see moths that big where I live. I would really appreciate it if you could help me out. I really want to be an entomologist, and I would like to know as much as I can about bugs for now. Thanks!
Signature: Melanie Ramos
Good luck on your career goals. This is a Whitelined Sphinx, Hyles lineata, a common species in California as well as in most of North America. We just posted an image of a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar. In arid desert areas, there are periodical population explosions of both the adult moths and the caterpillars. We are currently visited nightly by anywhere between one and four individuals coming to the porch light.