White-Lined Sphinx Moth

White-Lined Sphinx Moth on Delphinium
2016

Moths tend to be pretty drab and boring compared to their relations, the more brightly-colored butterflies. However, there are a number of moths just as spectacular as a butterfly. Though the colors of the sphinx moth are typically not as stunning, they capture attention a different way: with their wings beating so swiftly, darting about and hovering in front of flowers as they drink their nectar, they can easily be mistaken for hummingbirds; ergo Hyles lineata, the White-Lined Sphinx Moth, is often called the Hummingbird Moth.