The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

White-lined Sphinx Moths

During a nocturnal GNG species review a few weeks ago, we were surprised at how many White-lined Sphinx moths were seen during the evening. Over two-dozens of these large, beautiful moths were attracted to our UV light sheets.  Seeing all of these adults was a sign that the garden would soon be filled with sphinx moth larvae. 

White-lined Sphinx Moth Adult

As expected, primrose leaves are now beginning to vanish as the sphinx moth larvae eat away, and nothing could make us happier.

White-lined Sphinx Moth Larvae eating primrose flower-bud.