More Pink Moths

I spotted two more blush pink moths nestled inside primrose petals. After some research, I discovered that these were Primrose Moths (Schinia florida); initially I thought they were Rosy Maple Moths.

These beautiful moths have a strong connection with their namesake flowers. As nocturnal creatures, they use the primrose petals as protection during the daylight hours. The pinkish hue of the buds coupled with the bright yellow petals, camouflage these beautiful rose and cream moths.

Plus, the primrose plants act as nurseries for the young. The moths lay their eggs on the flower buds. The larvae hatch and spend their early lives feasting on the primrose flowers and seed pods. Then, the larvae burrow by the roots of the flowers for the winter months. The dormant pupae emerge as stunning candy pink and buttery yellow moths.

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