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Pink-fringed Dolichomia Moth (Hypsopygia binodulalis)

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

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The wide pink border surrounding the wings of the Pink-fringed Dolichomia Moth is neat on the sides and feathery on the bottom.

Updated: 01/05/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Most of the Pink-fringed Dolichomia Moth is actually a sage-green color, but it does have a strong pink tone. Two yellow or ivory triangles sit at the edge of each forewing. A thin pale line extends from each triangle and crosses the wings. These markings are also seen in a close relative, the Yellow-fringed Dolichomia. The Clover Hayworm Moth is also similar is appearance to this species. A dark pink border runs along all sides of the forewings on most Pink-fringed individuals, but for some, it may be quite faded pink. The pink color also runs along the fine fringe at the bottom of the wings. Wings are usually held flat, and the abdomen can curve upward, poking out between them. Antennae are held over the body instead of extended out in front of the face.

What this moth eats as an adult or as a larva is a bit of a mystery. Other members of this family eat dead plant matter or dried grains. It is possible that this species does as well, but more study is needed to fill in the information gaps regarding its life history and diet.©InsectIdentification.org

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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: Pyralidae
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          Genus: Hypsopygia
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            Species: binodulalis

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Hypsopygia binodulalis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 22mm (0.39" to 0.86")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; pink; brown
Descriptors: mint; moss green; fringe; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 10mm (0.4in) and 22mm (0.9in)
Lo: 10mm
Md: 16mm
Hi: 22mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Pink-fringed Dolichomia 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-fringed Dolichomia Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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