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Primrose Moth (Schinia florida)

The primrose moth is a member of the owlet moth family, earning its name since the larvae feed on primrose plants. French entomologist Achille Guénee first described the species in 1852.

Primrose Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Noctuidae
  • Genus: Schinia
  • Scientific Name: Schinia florida

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

It is green with a pink head. They feed on the seeds and flowers of the host plant instead of the leaves. 

Primrose Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

After fully maturing, the larvae enter into the pupal phase.

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance:

Adult moths have a pink head. Their thorax and abdomen are yellow on the top and pink on the bottom.

Forewing: When the wings are open, it is bright pink with a yellow subterminal line, and the underside of the wings is yellow. When closed, the yellow parts of the wings aren’t visible.

Hindwing: When opened, the hindwings are white with a pink band close to the body, with similar yellow undersides. When closed, the yellow parts are not seen.

Average wingspan: 27-36 mm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: Late June to September

Schinia florida

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Egg

Females lay their eggs in the bud of the host plant.

Quick Facts

DistributionNorth America; including Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Alberta, Texas, and northern Alberta
HabitatFields, clearings, and wastelands
PredatorsBirds, bats
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsPrimrose plants
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • During the day, adults hide in partially closed flowers.
Primrose Moth Image

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Primrose Moth Picture

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