There are a few species of pink and yellow Pyrausta moths in the Crambidae family. While the bright pink tone is almost universal among them, each species has a different pattern of yellow on that pink backdrop. Some have lines, others just have side tabs. This particular species has no pattern on its wings, making it less ornate than the others. It is small, but the vivid shade of pink makes it easy to find. Like other moths in this family, it seems to have a long nose, but it is merely the labial palps resting in front of its yellow face. A pale, short fringe graces the bottoms of the gently curved wings. The tips come to a point and are not rounded like other moth species. Caterpillars for the Inornate Pyrausta feed on all sorts of sage, plants in the Salvia genus.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
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.