Southern Pink Moth (Pyrausta inornatalis)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Pyralidae
Genus: Pyrausta
Species: inornatalis

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Corona, California
Lake Forest, California
Decatur, Georgia
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Memphis, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Keller, Texas
Spring, Texas
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Members' Notes:

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Negative

On Sep 4, 2011, LucasCatChow from Tulsa, OK wrote:

About 20 years ago I noted this pretty pink moth fluttering around my Salvia Blue Victoria. What a pretty sight I thought. Was I ever wrong. The larva of this moth is a noxious pest that consumes every type of Salvia I've tried. The larva are very small, and to me look as if they have a slight bluish iridescence to them. They leave holes in the newly formed buds so that the actual flowers seldom have a chance to unfold. After years of not growing any Salvias and experiencing no damage to other ornamentals, I tried a Salvia Gregii this spring. It wasn't but about 2 months later and the budworms appeared. Where these moths had been lurking for so many years in between is anyone's guess. I have read that the larva can also infest Angelonias, which makes sense as the flowers are simila... read more

Negative

On Aug 1, 2011, sunshine_2 from Granite City, IL wrote:

The moth's lay eggs on the salvia and then the larvae or worm eats every salvia flower there is, they have decimated my salvia every year for years, how can I get rid of them without harming the hummingbirds?

Positive

On Jul 29, 2010, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Most beautiful moth..found in the am feeding on Scabiosa. Not on map to be found in this area.

Negative

On Dec 12, 2007, butterflycrazee from Hattiesburg, MS wrote:

I think this is the moth I see on my salvia blooms. I then see tiny caterpillars eating by salvia blossoms. Guilt by association!
Caterpillars are tiny and sort of clear with black dots. Hard to ID as they are tiny and I smush them so quickly!!
How do I control them without hurting other wildlife?

Positive

On Jun 10, 2007, fishbud from Keller, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I found this bug on my salvia plants as well. So far, I don't think it is harmful. It certainly is one of the colorful moth I've seen in this area.

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