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Galium Sphinx Moth (Hyles gallii)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Galium Sphinx Moth

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Knife-like clean lines and smooth edges on the wings of the Galium Sphinx help this moth cut through the air in flight.

Updated: 08/19/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Like other Sphinx Moths, the Galium Sphinx is larger than the typical moth. It is a strong flier, and may also be called a Hawk Moth. The Galium, or Gallium, Sphinx has a modern look about it. The contoured wings are brown with a ivory/tan line that starts at the middle base and shoots out to the very tips of the forewings. Wisps of ivory rise from this line. It resembles its relatives, the Spurge Hawk Moth and the White-lined Sphinx, but is less ornate. Cream-colored hindwings peak out from under the forewings and show a burst of bright pink or red bordered by black bands when fully extended. The furry brown thorax has a thin line of ivory hairs on each side of it. The thick abdomen has short, ivory side stripes, and tiny ivory dots running down its 'spine'. The abdomen tapers to a point at its tip.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Sphingidae
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          Genus: Hyles
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            Species: gallii

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Hyles gallii
Other Name(s): Gallium Sphinx Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 38mm to 50mm (1.49" to 1.96")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; ivory; tan; pink; black
Descriptors: sharp angle; pointed wings; pink underneath; flying; V shape; Tersa-like

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 38mm (1.5in) and 50mm (2.0in)
Lo: 38mm
Md: 44mm
Hi: 50mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Galium Sphinx Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Galium Sphinx Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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