Larvae id for a friend!!

Chris Conlan conlan at
Wed Apr 29 22:14:45 EDT 1998

>Other than the color scheme, it looks just like a tomato worm. Any ideas
>about it might be?

Your larva is a White Lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata) and the plant sounds
like Oenethera hookeri (one of lineata's favorite hosts).  The larvae are
very variable in color (from black to greeen and everything in between).
This is probably the most common Sphingid in the Southwestern USA.  Thanks
to El Nino, we are seeing large numbers of them this year.

Chris Conlan
conlan at

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