A White-lined Sphinx Moth

By | September 12, 2011

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)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “A White-lined Sphinx Moth

  1. Frank Dyer

    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.

  2. Wolfy


    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