A White-lined Sphinx Moth

Adults usually fly at dusk, during the night, and at dawn, but they will also fly during the day. I photographed this one around noon here in Arkansas.

A White-lined Sphinx Moth

A White-lined Sphinx Moth

A White-lined Sphinx Moth

A White-lined Sphinx Moth

White-lined Sphinx Moth Facts

White-lined Sphinx moths with their large, plump bodies and relatively smaller wing surfaces must beat their wings very fast in order to stay aloft. Although they are constructed very differently from hummingbirds, White-lined Sphinx moths are able to hover hummingbird-like in mid-air as they sip flower nectar due to their similarly rapidly beating wings. (Source:Firefly Forest)

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  1. Aristarkhos September 12, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Fan-tastic!! Aerial refueling… awesome!

  2. Steve Creek September 12, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Thank you!

  3. Frank Dyer September 12, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks again Steve for the memories. As a kid I caught these moths in the evening around Jimson weed flowers on our OK farm. Do you have Jimson weeds around where you live. We had these moths on moon vine flowers in Knoxville, TN in 2008, but I never saw them in mid day.

  4. MikeyBoy September 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Great shots Steve

  5. Steve Creek September 12, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Thanks Frank and Mikey!

  6. Wolfy September 13, 2011 at 6:19 am #


    I just posted a blog entry with a white-lined sphinx moth caterpillar. Wish I had seen your post earlier – I would have used your moth photo ( with applicable credits, of course!) in the post.

    Great work as always

  7. Lisa Salt September 13, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Wow!! Excellent captures Steve. Beautiful moth :)

  8. Steve Creek September 13, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Thanks Wolfy and Lisa!