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Pink Underwing Moth (Catocala concumbens)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Pink Underwing Moth



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The unassuming brown and gray colors of the Pink Underwing Moth cleverly hide a swath of bright pink.



Updated: 02/22/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Pink Underwing Moth found in North America is not the same Pink Underwing Moth (Phyllodes imperialis) found in Australia. The Australian moth is in a different genus and species, and is quite rare to find. The North American one, on the other hand, is common and can be found in the eastern parts of the continent. Like other Underwing moths, the Pink Underwing has underwings that flash a captivating shade of pink only when the wings are completely flat and spread open. White and black bands accentuate the bright hindwings, too. This different color motif may startle or confuse predators just long enough to escape.

Caterpillars emerge in spring and summer. They eat the leaves of poplar and willow trees. Adults are active and are seen flying from mid-summer through mid- to late-autumn. They are attracted to light at night and sugar. They can be found in urban areas, woodlands, and at the edges of forests.




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:
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          Genus: Catocala
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            Species: concumbens
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Catocala concumbens
Other Name(s): Sleepy Underwing Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 60mm to 75mm (2.36" to 2.95")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: gray, pink, purple, black, white
Descriptors: flying, band, bright
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 60mm and 75mm
Lo: 60mm
Md: 67.5mm
Hi: 75mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Pink Underwing 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 Underwing Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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