While many individuals are some shade of orange, others may be dark gray. The forewings have two small white spots and are covered in dark freckles. A dark line crosses the wings, and it may serve to separate a darker upper wing from a paler lower wing. Hindwings, when revealed, are bright pink with a border that is close in color to the bottoms of the forewings.
Caterpillars feed on the leaves of the honey locust tree as well as Kentucky coffee trees. Up to three broods can be produced each year.
Scientific Name: Syssphinx bicolor
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 47mm to 67mm (1.83in to 2.61in)
Colors: orange; gray; brown; pink
Descriptors: two-toned; two white dots; twin white spots; fuchsia hindwing; hot pink under wing; dark freckles; flying
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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.