Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia Moths have large, pale pink bands their dark brown wings.
This brown and ivory moth rests with its wings flat and has a deltoid or triangular shape to it. Each wing has an angled band with faint pink hues that points to the body. This area connects to the ivory-colored bottom of the wings. A large brown reniform spot sits outside the pale bands in the dark brown triangle patch created on the outer edges. Though it is nocturnal, rustling the plants that it rests on can send it flying away in the daytime. It comes to lights at night, and is most active in late spring to early autumn. Look for flying adults in meadows and fields. They may even rest in gardens.
Caterpillars feed on dock, goldenrod, and smartweed. They are green with green heads. Thin yellow bands ring around each segment. Two broods can be produced each year.
Scientific Name: Pseudeustrotia carneola
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 11mm to 13mm (0.43in to 0.51in)
Colors: brown; pink; ivory; tan
Descriptors: cream X; ivory V on wings; pale; flying; light bottom
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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.