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Is there a lepidopterist in the house?


Can any one out there identify this little guy for me? Spotted this afternoon fluttering around my yard (suburban Phoenix, AZ) in some distress. If it helps, the grey stripe is approximately a half an inch wide.

Update: Looks like it is a White-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata Fabricius, 1775). More information here. Thanks to Gene Goldring for making the id.


  1. #1 Gene Goldring
    August 18, 2007
  2. #2 John Lynch
    August 18, 2007

    Yup, that looks like it. Many thanks.

  3. #3 Gene Goldring
    August 18, 2007

    I hope I didn’t step on any lepidopterist toes. 😉

  4. #4 keyser_soze
    August 19, 2007

    A good site to check for arthropod id is

  5. #5 J-Walk
    August 19, 2007

    I had the same question a few weeks ago (I’m in Tucson). I even shot some video. See the entry at my blog.

  6. #6 John Lynch
    August 19, 2007


    Nice video.

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