Whitelined Sphinx

Subject: Moth Identification
Location: Glendale CA
March 26, 2016 4:59 pm
I photographed this moth on the outside wall of my apartment building, next to the front door.
Date: March 26, 2016
Location: Glendale CA
I tried to identify it online, but no luck.
Can you tell me what moth this is and whether or not it is indigenous to California?
Thank-you for your help.
Signature: Bill in California

Whitelined Sphinx
Whitelined Sphinx

Dear Bill,
Not only is the Whitelined Sphinx indigenous to California, it can be found in all the continental United States as well as Mexico and Canada.  Caterpillars of the Whitelined Sphinx can be quite numerous in the deserts of the southwest when conditions are favorable, and when metamorphosis is complete, there are also large numbers of the adult White Lined Sphinx Moths seen feeding at dusk and dawn when they are frequently confused for hummingbirds because of they manner in which they fly.

Dear Daniel,
Thank-you so much for your extremely fast reply!
Before I contacted you, I looked up the entomology department
at UC Riverside, but they charge the general public $25.00 to
identity an insect. I am grateful that you have shared your
knowledge for free. Thank-you, again.
Sincerely,
Bill

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