White Lined Sphinx Moth Eggs -- Hyles lineata
***UPDATE 6/1/2023 eggs shipping daily. We expect to ship until 6/15.
This item is in a different shipping profile. If you would like to add a pop-up tent or Polyphemus eggs to your order, please do so, and we will refund the additional shipping charges and ship everything together.
****SHIPPING to ALL 50 States.
This species has eggs that hatch quickly. We always ship these eggs fresh, and Priority USPS.
White Lined Sphinx are lovely hummingbird moths, common throughout the lower 48 states and the Pacific Northwest. Typically active at dusk nectaring on various flowers, we also see these flying during the day throughout the Columbia Basin. When they hold still long enough, the distinctive pink coloring on their hindwings is gorgeous. (It's pretty as a fast-moving blur, too.)
White Lined Sphinx caterpillars develop really interesting colorations as they get bigger. Within a single brood, you may see a wide variety of "plaid" colorations. They have a lot of personality and may occasionally nip you if they don't feel like being handled. (Don't worry. It's not painful or dangerous.) They are earth pupators, so we recommend reading up in advance on different methods for accommodating them.
Rearing Notes: This species is relatively disease resistant when kept in clean conditions as a caterpillar. A great beginner species!
General Directions for working with eggs: Raising Caterpillars From Eggs
- You will receive ten (10) or twenty (20) White Lined Sphinx Moth eggs per order. (Add additional 10 or 20 packs by quantity modification in the cart)
- Eggs will hatch about 1 week after they are laid by the female.
- We guarantee live eggs, and check for egg fertility by keeping some reserve ova.
- Make sure that your mail arrives in a cool location, or that someone is there to meet them on arrival. (Eggs can cook in the sun, and we only refund if our reserve eggs don't hatch)
- If temperatures in your area are expected to be over 85F, protect your eggs in transit with the insulated box and ice pack option
- Caterpillars will need plenty of pesticide-free leaves to munch on after hatching. Here are a few species of plants that work well: Virginia Creeper, Four O'Clock, Evening Primrose, Fireweed, Grape, etc. Other plants in similar families may be accepted.
- If you have additional questions, please email. We will do our best to reply to questions as time permits. Please be patient, as we're busy rearing large quantities of hungry caterpillars all season, and sometimes will be out collecting for days at a time too.