Aside from states in Mexico, the lone star state is the only American one in this moth's range.
This small yellow moth sports a dark pink or reddish border on the bottoms of its wings. The 'xantho' part of its genus name in Latin means 'yellow'. Its species name roughly translates to 'red bottom'. An extension at the front of the face looks like a snout or nose, but it is really the labial palps sitting closely together. Only two species in this genus are found north of Mexico. This particular one can be found in Texas.
Scientific Name: Xanthostege roseiterminalis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 7mm to 10mm (0.27in to 0.39in)
Colors: yellow; purple; pink; red
Descriptors: Purple bottom; band; mostly yellow; flying; pale white legs
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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.