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.
Signature: 6614920451

Whitelined Sphinx

Whitelined Sphinx

Dear 6614920451,
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.

Painted Lady

Painted 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.


Location: Palmdale, California

2 Responses to Whitelined Sphinx and Painted Lady

  1. Susan says:

    Don’t give up on you lilacs yet. In Culver City it took 3 or 4 years for my Lavender Lady to bloom. Then one year we got a lot of rain and BAM! It popped with tons of blooms. Old adage – “The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap” Give yours a little more time.
    Good luck
    P.S. Love your site!!!

    • bugman says:

      Thanks Susan,
      Lavender Lady is one of our shrubs. We believe the other is Blue Boy. Both are allegedly Southern California varieties.

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