A distinctive moth, the Bicolored Pyrausta is easy to tell apart from others of its kind.
A golden yellow color on the Bicolored Pyrausta covers most of the upper part of its wings. A dark purple band makes up the bottom part. The two colors are separated by a wavy line, and a pale gray or white fringe may still be intact along the edge. Large eyes bulge out of the sides of the head, and short labial palps on the front of the face may resemble a nose. The life history of this species is unknown. What its caterpillars feed on is still a mystery.
Scientific Name: Pyrausta bicoloralis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 10mm (0.39in to 0.39in)
Colors: orange; purple; brown
Descriptors: orange; wine; purple; brown; dark bottom band; big eyes
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.