Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Hyles lineata
    Sphinx Moth

We normally think of moths as slow moving creatures of the night. Hyles lineata is certainly an exception to this stereotype. On early mornings in June we sometimes observed hundreds of this active species of sphinx moth flying over the big bluestem grass in the prairie restoration area at Big Eastern, their wings blurred like those of hummingbirds.

Sphinx Moth

This individual was photographed in late afternoon feeding on Hairy Puccoon one of the most important nectar flowers for butterflies and moths during late spring and early summer.

    Links


Sphinx Moth Caterpillars: on the Journals of Nature's Beauty.

Moths of North America: by the USGS.

Odor-guided flight in moths: Comparison of Moths on Flowers.

 

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