After our delightful April garden club meeting program on “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs”, Sharon S spotted this interesting bug specimen by the sidewalk in Judy S’s yard.
I’m no entomologist, but think it is Hyles lineata (white lined spinx moth, also called hummingbird moth) enjoying a quiet meal on Oenothera speciosa (Pink Primrose) before we disturbed it with much picture taking. Seeing and contributing to insect populations is one of the many benefits of using native plants and organic gardening methods in the landscape. Depending on your point of view, you might view this caterpillar as a welcome friend, or a pest. We put it in the friend category in this yard.
Mother’s Day 2018 Update: moth hatched! Dale and Judy S shared images below
Did you see good or bad bugs in your yard? We’d love to hear about it.