White Lined Sphinx Moth
Location: Saxtons River, VT
September 1, 2010 7:31 am
I sent in the photos of the Giant Ichneumon last week that you are using for the September Bug of the Month. (Thanks, again!)
I thought you might like these two photos I took of a White Lined Sphinx Moth. It was on my phlox one evening. The interesting thing about these moths is, they are not the least bit bothered by having a camera stuck in their faces as they fly about, quite unlike most moths!
Your action photos are wonderful, but we believe you have misidentified your moth. Rather than the White Lined Sphinx, we believe this to be the closely related Bedstraw Hawkmoth, Hyles gallii. You can compare your images to the photos posted on Bill Oehlke’s excellent website that allows you to search by state or country to try to identify moths in the family Sphingidae. The Bedstraw Hawkmoth is quite common coast to coast in the northern portions of North America throughout Canada and into Alaska as well as the northern portions of Europe and Asia. Bill Oehlke indicates that along the Rocky Mountains it is also reported as far south as Mexico.
Thanks very much for that clarification. I was going by another moth that I saw on your site, which is the stock photo that was posted on August 17. Interesting that they are so similar. The photographs on Bill Oehlke’s site certainly do look like ‘my’ moth. Just for fun, I sent him the same two shots.
Hi again KT,
We should probably have clarified that the Bedstraw Hawkmoth and the White Lined Sphinx are closely related moths in the same genus, hence your understandable confusion.
Yes, they sure are very similar! I did send the photos to Bill Oehlke and this was the result! Very cool!! http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/Sphinx/vtWindhamsph.htm
It’s nice to know there are others out there who are as interested in these creatures.
Have a great day,