Hippotion rosetta (茜草後紅斜線天蛾)
This is the second time I have found a hawkmoth resting behind my car side mirror. The other was the one of 30 Dec 2014. Unfortunately I didn't have time to catch this one as I was rushing somewhere.
Tangled Up In Orange.
Eating an evening primrose.
White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)
30 July 2014: Walked about the banks of Cooper Creek in Avondale Park and came upon this White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata) lying next to the creek in the cover of a grassy area. This has been our first and only encounter with this giant-sized moth. There's no question that its size and beautiful colors and design readily catch one's imagination and appreciation for the great variety of life that inhabits our planet, White-lined Sphinx Moth.
The range maps at both the Moth Photographer's Group and BugGuide for this particular moth make clear that it is wide-ranging in North America since it is found clear across the United States from one coast to the other and it is found similarly in the southern areas of Canada closest to the United States-Canada border from one coast to the other but less extensively so than farther south in the US. But northern Mexico also is home to White-lined Sphinx Moth and while neither BugGuide or the Moth Photographers Group plat the range for its occurrence in Mexico and beyond there are some cases cited in the Moth Photographers Group range map for northeastern Mexico. A few cases slipped through the otherwise ironclad policy to define North America as the US and Canada only. Fortunately, the Butterflies and Moths of North America Web site includes this brief comment on the extent of White-lined Sphinx Moth's range: "Range: Central America north through Mexico and the West Indies to most of the United States and southern Canada. Also occurs in Eurasia and Africa." Hence White-lined Sphinx Moth's range extends from Central America north to Canada and the Caribbean and beyond to Eurasia and Africa. Indeed, White-lined Sphinx Moth is not only an authentic resident of North America and the Western Hemisphere but is an authentic and original resident of Mother Earth. Avondale Park and Cooper Creek are administered by the City of Denton, Texas.
"Attributes of Hyles lineata," Butterflies and Moths of North America, photographs, description, accessed 11.13.15, http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/hyles-lineata
"Hyles lineata – White-lined Sphinx Moth – (Fabricius, 1775)," North American Moth Photographers Group, Mississippi Entomological Museum, Mississippi State University, range map, photographs, accessed 11.13.15, http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7894
"Species Hyles lineata - White-lined Sphinx - Hodges#7894," BugGuide, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, range map, description, photographs, accessed 11.13.15, http://bugguide.net/node/view/3071/data
Could this be one color and pattern variation for the white-lined sphinx moth?
Wu Kau Tang, New Territories, Hong Kong.