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White-lined sphinx moth

FILE - A white-lined sphinx moth.
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FILE - A white-lined sphinx moth.

Hyles lineata, the white-lined sphinx moth, is sometimes known as the hummingbird moth because of its bird-like size and flight pattern.

Transcript (edited for clarity):


Hi, this is Rudy Mancke from USC for NatureNotes.

Joyce was watering her garden, zoomed in a photograph of the periwinkles that were there, and then saw something hovering over the flowers. She assumed it was a hummingbird, just wondered what it was. She was over in Ridge Spring, South Carolina.

It was one of the sphinx moths, and it has a white line that runs from the edge of the wing all the way across the front wing. White-lined sphinx moth is the common name for it. It often flies at night. A lot of the sphinx moths are more active at dusk or dawn or in the evening.

And this one hovers like a hummingbird. Some people would call it a hummingbird moth. Long tongue, you could actually even see that. Widespread and in very state except Alaska.

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Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's <i>NatureScene</i>, which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. After retiring from SCETV, Rudy went on to become naturalist-in-residence at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He hosted SC Public Radio's <i>NatureNotes</i> from 1999 until his death in 2023 at age 78.