New York Natural Heritage Program
Pink Sallow
Psectraglaea carnosa (Grote, 1877)
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
The pink sallow is a moderately large moth, with a wingspan of approximately 38-45 mm. It usually has bright pink forewings and almost white hind wings. The antennae of males are pectinate (feathery). The species is usually unmistakable. See the illustrations in Rockburne and LaFonatinae (1976) and Handfield (1999). Many individuals are brighter, and some are duller. A few have the pink greatly reduced and are then a dull dark olive color. Even so, there is probably always some pink, and the white hind wings and male antennae should be distinctive. The larvae are reddish brown with no obvious pattern. They are probably at least superficially indistinguishable from Eucirroedia pampina.

Characters Most Useful for Identification [-]
Characteristics most useful for identification include size, pink forewings, feathered antennae (of males), and autumn flight period.

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification [-]
The adult is the best life stage for identification. Currently, no other stage can be positively identified.

Behavior [-]
Occasionally, adults can be found resting during the day on heath shrubs or scrub oaks. Sometimes they flush on hot days. They come to blacklights and other lights but rarely to bait. They might fly only briefly on a given night, and their flight time may vary from night to night, possibly due to temperature.

Diet [-]
Larvae apparently feed on new growth, flowers, and developing fruits of blueberry, scrub oak, and other shrubs in their barrens habitats.
Pink Sallow Images
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The Best Time to See
The best time to see the pink sallow is during its flight season. Adults fly mostly in October on Long Island, although a few might emerge in late September or persist into November. The summer is spent as prepupal larvae in the soil, but it is not known how deep the larvae burrow. The phenology given should apply to the southern part of the state. If the species occurs in northern New York, eggs would hatch sometime in May, and larvae would be present until late June or early July. Adults might appear before September 15.
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The time of year you would expect to find Pink Sallow reproducing (red shading), larvae present and active (blue shading), eggs present outside adult (green shading) and pupae or prepupae present (orange shading) in New York.