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White-lined sphinx moth
Chris Schultz, Bugwood.org
William M. Ciesla, Forest Health Management International, Bugwood.org
Size: 1 5/8 - 2 inches long (2 - 3 1/2 wingspan)
Description: The first pair of wings are dark colored with a white stripe running from the wingtip diagonally to the base of the wing. The second pair of wings is dark with a pinkish band.
Where/When: Visits perennials during the day or at dusk. Is active from July to September.
Significance: Resembles a hummingbird in size and ability to fly acrobatically. Does not harm plants.