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Published on May 3, 2012
These large, fast-flying moths may look a bit scary but they're actually quite harmless. They buzz like a large bumblebee, but have no stinger. They have a long, thin tube for sucking flower nectar, but no jaws or mouth, so they can't even bite.
A common sight in southern California during spring and early summer, the White Lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata) can sometimes be found in large numbers when conditions are right. Stories have been told of larvae reaching huge numbers out in the desert, and actually causing slippery road conditions due to the buildup of caterpillars squished while crossing roads in search of more plants to reat.
Members of the family Sphingidae, these Sphinx Moths are also known as "Hummingbird Moths" because of their ability to hover while feeding on flowers, and are commonly mistaken for the tiny birds.
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