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Pink Star Moth (Derrima stellata)

The pink star moth is a member of the family of owlet moths. It is found indifferent parts of the United States of America.

Pink Star Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Noctuidae
  • Genus: Derrima
  • Scientific Name: Derrima stellata

Description and Identification


The caterpillar is rarely observed in the wild, suggesting that this moth stays hidden as a larva or doesn’t remain in this stage for long.


Similar to the larva, not much is recorded regarding

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

Forewing: When the wings are opened, a pink border is seen along the dull yellow wing. There are also four prominent white eyespots, two on each side. When the wings are closed, two of the four eyespots can be seen.

Hindwing: When the wings are opened, a pink border similar to the forewing is observed, but some specimens have pale brown interiors instead of dull yellow ones. When the wings are closed, the colors remain observable.

Average wingspan: 2.4-3.0 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: April – May; July- August

Derrima stellata



Eggs are probably laid close to the host plant.

Quick Facts

DistributionThe United States, from southern Maine to Florida, and the west up to Missouri, and Texas
HabitatMaritime heathlands
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsNot recorded
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • This moth is rare throughout, but it has been enlisted as special concern in Connecticut due to its extremely low numbers there.
Pink Star Moth Image


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