Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Subject: Catapiller
Location: Lancaster , California
April 8, 2015 9:53 pm
Hi, my friend found a catapiller , took a picture of it and sent it to me. I would like to know what the name of it is and what the name of the butterfly it turns into is name. Thank you .
Signature: Girl with questions, Allie

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar
Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Allie,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar,
Hyles lineata, and we believe that despite the drought, this is going to be a year with significant numbers of Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillars in desert areas because rains were well distributed, contributing to plant growth in the desert.  Adult Whitelined Sphinxes are streamlined moths that are often mistaken for hummingbirds.

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