Subject: What kind of a moth is this?
Location: Palmdale, CA
April 4, 2013 7:24 pm
These are on my lilacs, and I can’t find any on-line that look like them.
We are envious of your lilacs. We planted two varieties that were allegedly bred for Southern California, but despite a cool north facing garden, they have not bloomed in the two years we have had them. Your diurnal moth is a Whitelined Sphinx, Hyles lineata, and one just buzzed us in the back garden and to others are at the front door where they were attracted to the porch light, a phenomenon that happens each spring. The butterfly is one of the Ladies, either a Painted Lady or a West Coast Lady.
Thanks so much. I thought the one looked like a painted lady, except that the body looked big like a moth. Is that common?
The body of the Painted Lady is obscured by the blossoms of the lilac and we cannot see it to compare it to typical Painted Lady bodies.