Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Pink Star Moth
Derrima stellata Walker, 1858

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Heliothentinae
Identification: Easily identified by the dull yellow forewing with pink border along costa and outer margin. The postmedial line and orbicular and reinform spots are white. Hindwing is dull yellowish with dull pink outer border. In Northern specimens, the hindwing is pale brown with a pink outer border.
Wing Span: 2.4-3.0 cm.
Life History:
Flight: 2 broods, April - May and July- August.
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Range: Southern Maine to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
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