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shearpamela
Flower Mound, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2004
2:59 AM

Post #1039336

This pretty little moth loves my mistflower, and I have no clue to the identity of it. Have any of you seen one?

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boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2004
3:03 AM

Post #1039348

What a beauty! But no help in ID here. Never saw it in MA!
crystalspin
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2004
3:45 AM

Post #1039398

I googled "pink moth" and found this name: Schinia florida

Here is the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center page with pic and map of occurrences in Texas. If you are not in one of the counties reported to have the species, perhaps you should contact them so they can update the map!
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/moths/tx/365.htm

I realized yours looks much pinker, with a narrower tan border, so this is just a suggestion. boojum, FWIW, this species apparently occurs all the way up to Quebec... can't say I ever saw it either!
~'spin!~
eje
San Francisco, CA
(Zone 10a)

September 8, 2004
4:54 AM

Post #1039459

Hi Crystal...

I don't think that is it.

When I google for Schinia florida the pictures I find all have a pronounced yellow humped back.

It is picture 12 on this page:

http://www.hmana.org/mothpix/fm.htm
crystalspin
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2004
5:03 AM

Post #1039465

Yeah, I did noticed that Pam's has almost a pointy head... but I didn't research too thoroughly, just thought I would start the discussion!
~'spin!~
crystalspin
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2004
5:05 AM

Post #1039466

Pam:
You could also post this over on Hummers and Butterflies forum... moths esp. pretty bright ones, make the scene there pretty regularly.
~'spin!~
shearpamela
Flower Mound, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2004
12:31 PM

Post #1039673

Good idea ~ I'll post the photo over in the butterfly and hummers forum and see if it can be identified :)
imway2dumb
Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2004
1:08 AM

Post #1040834

kennedyh, where are you?
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



September 9, 2004
1:46 AM

Post #1040873

I keep trying, but no success so far!
imway2dumb
Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2004
2:55 AM

Post #1041005

Pam! kennedyh is on the case!
shearpamela
Flower Mound, TX
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2004
3:00 AM

Post #1041018

Yeah! I was hoping so :) Let's hope the mystery is solved soon. The elusive pink moth - maybe it is rare and got lost on it's way to an exotic place...Perhaps the hurricane swept it in!

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