Subject: Pink Moth with Fuzzy Red Head
Geographic location of the bug: Florida
Time: 04:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We found a moth with beautiful pink wings. It’s fuzzy head was a dark red with the color transitioning into the wings. Fuzzy thick arms and on its underside it was brown. It’s currently September in Central Florida. It was sitting on a window at a pharmacy.
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This is a female Io Moth, but her most distinguishing physical feature is not apparent in your image. Both female and male Io Moth have striking eyespot markings on the underwings that are hidden when the moth is at rest. Once startled, the moth reveals the underwings, potentially frightening a predator into perceiving that it has wakened a sleeping giant that could turn around and eat the predator. This illusion is protective mimicry. We suspect this individual was attracted by the pharmacy lights and then decided to stay and rest during the day until the following night.