Insect and Bug ID forum: what is this?

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Oct 1, 2014 6:41 PM CST
I've seen several of these fluttering around a cluster of plants that includes Cardinal flowers, asters, and red salvias. Just wondering what they are and whether I should be concerned. Glare

They are quite small and slightly pinkish on the edges of the wings.

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Oct 1, 2014 6:45 PM CST
Looks like a moth.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Oct 1, 2014 6:53 PM CST
The shape is like a Pyralid moth ..

http://bugguide.net/node/view/837384

There's a pink Pyrausta moth taken from red salvia ..

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/you...

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=southern+pink+moth&source=...
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Oct 1, 2014 7:13 PM CST
thanks, Janet! I'll need to check the buds and leaves tomorrow for damage.
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― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Oct 1, 2014 7:44 PM CST
They are rather pretty moths! Hilarious!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 1, 2014 8:36 PM CST
They are! In fact I was trying to photo one the other day to no avail. Little beggar was way too fast for me to catch with it's wings open to capture the pink. I'm sure that's what I keep seeing around here is the southern pink. I do have red salvia but (crossing fingers) have not seen any damage. The ones I see always seem to be flitting very low to the ground & land on grasses a lot. Shrug!
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Oct 2, 2014 3:47 AM CST
The Salvia will die back for winter anyway, you can enjoy both the plant and moth if the plant isn't damaged too much. Green Grin!

Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Oct 2, 2014 4:41 AM CST
Thanks, Ann and Janet! Thank You! Smiling
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― Thalassa Cruso

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