pretty in pink

A couple of days ago, I deked outside during a break between rain showers, to take a look around the garden for signs of insect activity. There wasn’t much happening, but as I scanned the Evening Primroses that grow wild at the edge of one of our old fields, I noticed a moth among the petals (see below — click on all photos for larger views).

Evening Primrose Moths (Schinia Florida – Hodges 11164) are often found with their heads pressed into the center of a flower, with mouthparts feeding on nectar. You can see that in the photo just below.

They’re very striking moths — yellow with soft to brilliant pink wing markings, legs and heads. Always a nice find, making it well worth searching for them among the Evening Primroses. I should probably mention that, in the top photo, you can see that the moth’s wings are blurred. As it was a cool rainy day, the moth began fanning its wings — which is pretty much the flying insect equivalent of shivering.

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26 Responses to “pretty in pink”

  1. John Says:

    That’s quite striking. I don’t think I have seen anything like it.

  2. Cicero Sings Says:

    What an interesting moth … and what great photos to show it off!

  3. robin andrea Says:

    What a spectacular moth, bev. It reminds me of the fist time I ever saw a pink moth. It was a ceanothus silk moth, Hyalophora euryalus. It was so beautiful I couldn’t believe it. It was the first creature I ever photographed. This Evening Primrose moth is as lovely and fine.

  4. John Says:

    Bev, you must think I just fell off a turnip truck….that’s no Evening Primrose Moth, that’s a Mary Kay Pink Cadillac Moth, no question! Seriously, I have never heard of such a moth and the color looks so horribly like Mary Kay’s pink Cadillac ladies’ cars, that I couldn’t help but think it was Photoshopped. But then, I realized it was your work, and I knew better instantly! That’s some spectacular stuff!

  5. bev Says:

    John – Yes, for such small moths, they really are quite striking.

    Cicero – Thanks!

    robin – I would love to have seen that silk moth. Some of them are absolutely spectacular.

    John – Ha! Yes, they do look a little surreal don’t they? Sort of a Mary Kay Cadillac or Barbie doll shade of hot pink. I don’t usually find one that looks that fresh — more often, they are starting to fade a little. Neat little creatures though, aren’t they?

  6. Crafty Green Poet Says:

    what a lovely moth, such a wonderful colour and such excellent photos you took of it.

  7. bev Says:

    CG Poet – Thank you! (-:

  8. am Says:

    It’s been awhile since I’ve left a comment. I’m delighted this morning by that lovely pink moth. Now I’m remembering small blue moths from my childhood on the San Francisco peninsula.

    Still am stopping in my daily life to look closely at insects. Again, thanks so much for calling their beauty to my attention with your photographs. Some friends laughed when I looked closely at an insect walking slowly across a wood floor and surprised myself by saying, “What a beautiful creature! I love it!”

  9. Cathy Says:

    Oh Bev. It’s so good to be here again and observing that you are still observing :0)

    All the buggy delight. Can’t pick a favorite.

    Still . . . the photo of the lilacs and clouds and the split rail fence. Oh my.

  10. Jennifer Says:

    Oh my gosh… I just saw the same combination of moth and flower on Friday, but I was in too much of a hurry to stop and photograph it… (Had 9 teenage boys in a creek and 9 parents in a parking lot waiting…) I’m glad you took the time to photograph it!!!

  11. bev Says:

    am – Good to see you stopping by for a visit and also enjoying the insect world so much. I really can’t go outside of my house for more than 2 or 3 minutes without seeing something beautiful in the garden.

    Cathy – Also good to see you dropping by for a visit. Glad you liked that lilacs, clouds and split rail fence – I can imagine it being a scene that you would like very much!

    Jennifer – Ha! That’s so interesting! Well, good thing I took those photos and posted them for you. (-:

  12. Phantom Midge Says:

    Ooooh, oooh! So cool! I love moths and this one is just spectacular. Sadly, I have never seen one around my Evening Primroses…sigh.

  13. Jenna Says:

    How pretty! I’ve never seen anything like it before!

  14. Cindy Says:

    ah, i needed this moth ‘fix’ ;) love these guys.. so much like rosy maples, only much more pink..our evening primrose is a moth magnet, never find many butterflies on it but moths go crazy for it- great shots sweets!

  15. DougT Says:

    Schinia is a favorite moth genus for me, and you definitely did it justice. Do you also have Schina gaurae up by you? It’s another pink beauty that feeds on members of the evening primrose family. I find it more often on biennial gaura, though it does show up on evening primrose occasionally.

  16. bev Says:

    Phantom Midge – Yes, it is a spectacular moth — small, but very neat!

    Jenna – I hope you’ll get a chance to see one. Keep checking Evening Primroses and I’m sure you will.

    Cindy – Yes, similar to a Rosy Maple, but yes, *very* pink!

    Doug – Thanks! I just checked the Ontario NHIC database and can’t find Schinia gaurae listed, so I’m guessing there are no official records for that species.

  17. Etna Says:

    Oh, wow! That is an extremely beautiful creature, and these are great photos. I’m a little ashamed to admit I didn’t even know pink moths existed, but I really don’t know much about the insect world.

  18. Mehmet Says:

    beautiful.. they look like the moths (I’m not sure they’re moths) I catched on a trip last year..(

  19. Rob McKay Says:

    Hi, great website and stunning photos!
    I love that moth, that is something else and an awesome photo of it.

  20. sian Says:

    mothtastic! love it

  21. Hills Snyder Says:

    gorgeous! I saw one in Nolan County Texas, 1973. Thank you!

  22. Ray Says:

    So sweett.. its like using Robe.

  23. mary Says:

    the back of my home tonight has thousands of these moths, just beautiful .Iv’e never seen so many, why now?

  24. Karen Watson Says:

    I was walking along a dirt road in Norwich VT and saw “something pink” on a wildflower. The plant turned out to be an evening primrose. Having never seen anything like this moth, I thought it might be a mutant. It was one of the most amazing things I had ever seen! What ongoing surprises nature has for us if we will only watch!

  25. bev Says:

    mary and Karen – So glad that both of you were able to see these moths. They really are quite fantastic, aren’t they?!

  26. Donna Says:


    My daughter Tiffany came in last night after taking the dogs out with most amazing picture of a pink moth. I honestly didn’t think that they existed so I did a search and found your site. Her picture is on her phone. We’ll post it soon. Absolutely beautiful!

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