Subject: Pink and yellow moth
Geographic location of the bug: North Central NM
Time: 01:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi I found this moth and have not been able to identify it! It’s the end of summer which is our monsoon season and it was hanging out under our patio. It’s about the size of a nickel. It’s so cute!
How you want your letter signed: Acuriousmom
We have two individuals of this very pretty Owlet Moth, Psectrotarsia suavis, in our archive that are listed as Pink Spotted Flower Moths, but the only real references we are able to locate that uses that common name are on our site and on a link on a BugGuide page to the Primrose Moth, so we don’t believe the common name Pink Spotted Flower Moth is truly recognized since neither BugGuide nor the Moth Photographers Group uses that name, despite its appropriateness. The only appropriate name for this beautiful moth would seem to be the more general family name Owlet Moth. Another curiosity is that BugGuide notes: “The larval host is unknown” so we don’t know what it eats.