The purple-pink and golden Mint-loving Pyrausta varies in its mottling, but maintains constant affection for Mentha.
Larvae of the Mint-loving Pyrausta feed on the Mentha genus of plants including peppermint and wild mint. Adults are mostly pink, purple or even brown, with a middle band of mottled yellow patches crossing the forewings. The bottom edge of the wings are also yellow and have a yellow fringe. The triangular shape of their wings and cheery colors make this moth easy to spot in its varied habitats. Look for them at night near lights in areas where mint is growing. (If you are considering planting mint to attract this species, keep in mind that mint is a highly invasive plant which is best grown in pots or containers instead of the ground. It spreads quickly and robustly, eventually overtaking garden beds by choking out the other plants.)
Scientific Name: Pyrausta acrionalis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 18mm (0.55in to 0.70in)
Colors: pink, yellow, brown, purple
Descriptors: triangle shape, long nose, snout, 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.