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Mint-loving Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta acrionalis)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Mint-loving Pyrausta Moth

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The purple-pink and golden Mint-loving Pyrausta varies in its mottling, but maintains constant affection for Mentha.

Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 wing is 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.)

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Crambidae
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          Genus: Pyrausta
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            Species: acrionalis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Pyrausta acrionalis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 18mm (0.55" to 0.70")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: pink, yellow, brown, purple
Descriptors: triangle shape, long nose, snout, flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 14mm (0.6in) and 18mm (0.7in)
Lo: 14mm
Md: 16mm
Hi: 18mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Mint-loving Pyrausta Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Mint-loving Pyrausta Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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