A dull brown and gray color with fine black lines successfully masks a shock of bright pink underwing on a Pink Underwing Moth.
The Pink Underwing Moth found in North America is not the same Pink Underwing Moth (Phyllodes imperialis) found in Australia. The Australian moth is a different genus and species and quite rare to find. The North American one is common and can be found in the eastern part of the continent.
Caterpillars emerge in spring and summer. They eat the leaves of poplar and willow trees. Adults are active and flying from mid-summer through mid- to late-autumn. They are attracted to light and sugar. They can be found in urban areas, woodlands and at the edges of forests.
Scientific Name: Catocala concumbens
Other Name(s): Sleepy Underwing Moth
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 60mm to 75mm (2.34in to 2.93in)
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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.