A White-lined Sphinx Moth caterpillar found in the Joppa Preserve, Great Trinity Forest in Dallas, Texas.

White-lined Sphinx Moth - Caterpillar
White-lined Sphinx Moth - Caterpillar
White-lined Sphinx Moth - Caterpillar

Observation Details

CountyDallas
CityDallas
DateMay 13, 2012
Time of DayNoon
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
WeatherClear
HabitatRecreation-Park
Type of BehaviorRoaming
GenderUncertain
MaturityLarva
ObserverChris Jackson

4 Replies to “White-lined Sphinx Moth – Caterpillar”

  1. we live in the Texas Panhandle and our 2acre ranch is covered with these. theres these “plants” or weeds that have red rubbery stems and these things go to town on them. so far my son has collected over 10of them in a 20foot radius. he wants to keep them as pets but I’m not sure if that red/orange ‘stinger’ is poisonous or not.

  2. I found one of these at full maturity( 1and 1/4 in. in length) on March 18th, 2014, in Kaufman, TX. It was found near 3:00 a.m. on my back porch by my light source after a day of rain.These are strange but beautiful creatures. I noticed the black and white stripes and the pink stripe near the body on the bottom of the wings. Next I notice their magnificent eyes!! The style of flying is unique and mimics a hummingbird but appears as if it has an eagle face. Truly amazing experience.

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