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.
Whole moth only. If just forewing or hindwing is preferred, let us know.
Wings have a gorgeous epoxy resin finish on each side.
For earrings, choose .925 Sterling Silver or hypoallergenic niobium earwires. Niobium is less shiny and contains no nickel. See picture.
Made for you item. May take a week or so from order to shipping.