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Larval color variation in the white-lined sphinx moth

The white-lined sphinx moth, Hyles lineata, is the most abundant sphinx moth in North America. The adults are important pollinators and the juveniles are generalist herbivores. Their habitats cover a wide range of environmental variation, yet little research has been conducted on this broad-niched animal. Larva of these species range in color from bright yellow through green to jet black. This research project, led by PhD student Cristina Francois explores the ecological costs and benefits of the larval color variation.