Sunday, August 18, 2013

Two Little Moths With a Little Pink On Their Wings

Two small, brownish moths I've come across recently that both sport a little bit of pink on their wings.  Both are members of the Noctuidae family.

Pink-barred Lithacodia - Pseudeustrotia carneola

It took me a long time to identify this moth, its small size led me to believe it would be in one of the micromoth families.  I've seen it a number of times in our yard.  The larva feed on a few different plants; goldenrods (Solidago sp.) are one of them, which is what they are probably eating in our yard.  The light bar between the two dark patches on each fore wing are a very light pink, not entirely clear in my picture.  This one is perched on the edge of a bok choy leaf.

Pink-patched Looper Moth - Eosphoropteryx thyatyroides

At first glance, another little brown moth, but closer inspection will reveal some eye pleasing detail.  Each forewing displays a pink patch towards the front, a smaller yellow patch towards the middle, which is next to a slivery white spot, all highlighted by a crooked black line.  The moth also has an interesting profile with relatively tufts over the eyes, and a couple of bumps along the thorax.  My photo really doesn't do it justice, but I just had my phone with me.