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Southern Pink Moth (Pyrausta inornatalis)

I have never in my life seen such a tiny, beautiful moth! I saw this gem fluttering around several potted Hummingbird Mint/Hyssop plants (Agastache sp. cultivar).  I had rushed over to water the plants, which were (still are) waiting patiently for me to plant them in my front landscape beds.  This image is cropped at 100%, so to give you an idea of this moth’s diminutive size, here’s the full-frame:Southern Pink Moth (Pyrausta inornatalis), on a brick

When seen on this brick and near the mortar line, it becomes abundantly clear that this moth defies the Texas adage, “everything is bigger in Texas.”

I managed one other picture that shows the underside of those delicate pink  wings:

Gray-to-white underneath, with white legs and green eyes. What a treat it was to have discovered this creature – hope you’ve enjoyed the pics. (Though they sorely underscore my dire need for a REAL macro lens…)


15 Responses to “Southern Pink Moth”

  • tom:

    Very cute moth .. and I guess tasty bricks for it, you have.
    I’ll bet a macro lens whould let us see what kind of feathers that pretty pink coat has on it. I will send a letter to Santa.
    I enjoy your blog

  • Sandy:

    I think it should be called Southern Fuchsia Moth or Southern Magenta Moth.

    BTW, Amber, last Saturday I did the SSSS (Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-up) at White Rock Lake via kayak and it was a blast!

    • I like those names too – they have pizzaz!

      Sounds like you found a great way to help out with the SSSS and stay sort-of cool in the process. Much more fun that working, which is what I was doing. Looking forward to seeing you out there again soon.

  • That’s the pinkest creature I’ve ever seen!

  • Love these little guys! The Pyrausta nearly always have some or a lot of pink on them, but never seen one so bright as yours! Our main pink one up here is called Raspberry Pyrausta.

  • Beautiful color! I’m going to be on the lookout for one. Maybe with a magnifying glass….

  • Damn, that’s beautiful.

  • Marian Miller:

    I spotted a beautiful pink and yellow today at work…on the floor…It was still alive and I picked it up and took it outside to fly free…Never have I saw such a beautiful moth…I live in Asheboro NC….Wish I had got someone to take a picture of it….

    • Yay! You saved it! Too bad you didn’t get a picture. I too saw a pink and yellow recently…I’ll post picture in a post soon. Was yours tiny too? I think they are called “micros.”

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