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Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia Moth (Pseudeustrotia carneola)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia Moth

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Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia Moths have large, pale pink bands their dark brown wings.

Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
This brown and ivory moth rests with its wings flat and has a deltoid or triangular shape to it. Each wing has a pink, angled band 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.

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: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Pseudeustrotia
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            Species: carneola
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Pseudeustrotia carneola
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 11mm to 13mm (0.43" to 0.51")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; pink; ivory; tan
Descriptors: cream X; ivory V on wings; pale; flying; light bottom

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 11mm (0.4in) and 13mm (0.5in)
Lo: 11mm
Md: 12mm
Hi: 13mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia 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 Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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