White Lined Sphinx Moth Resin Earrings -- Hyles lineata
We raise many of these each season. One of our favorite moths!
This wonderful moth is often mistaken as a hummingbird nectaring at flowers around dusk. White Lined Sphinx are occasionally seen flying during the day, but are most active in the early evening and just before sunrise.
The larvae feed on a wide variety of plants in the evening primrose family as well as grape. Adults are attracted to honeysuckle and Four O'clock flowers, along with other flowers that have coloras (flower tube) that fit its long proboscis.
There are multiple broods each year, and although widely spread across North America it's most common in desert environments.
Like all sphinx/hummingbird family moths the larvae have a horn on the end of their body, thus giving to the name "hornworm." White Lined Sphinx do NOT feed on tomato, but two other hummingbird moths do (Manduca sexta and Manduca quinquemaculata).
They overwinter as a pupae. Larvae dig into the ground and create a small subterranean chamber, pupate, and stay there until spring.
Two gorgeous real White Lines Sphinx Moth wing sets, from one specimen for symmetry. (The hindwind and forewings are connected as a pair. If just the hindwing or just the forewing is preferred, let us know and we can make that happen :)
Wings have a lovely epoxy resin finish on each side.
Choice of .925 sterling silver ear wires, or hypoallergenic Niobium ear wires. (Niobium are less shiny, but contain no nickel. See picture)