Whitelined Sphinx Moth
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Common names: Whitelined Sphinx Moth
Scientific name: Hyles lineata
Region: This Caterpillar is found in the United States and southern Canada.
Life cycle: This insect produces two generations each year and overwinters in the pupal stage.
Physical Description: This 2 1/2 to 3 inch long caterpillar is greenish yellow with a yellow horn and head. It also has yellow pale markings with black outlines. The adult moth is brown with white stripes that run diagonally across the wings, and a broad, beige band that runs down the middle of the wings to its tips. It resembles a hummingbird, with thick antennae and a wingspan of 3 inches. The eggs are laid on the underside of leaves.
Feeding characteristics: This pest attacks Beet, currant, grape, melon, pear, plum, and tomato plants by feeding on their leaves and fruits.
Controls: This caterpillar is easily controlled by handpicking.
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