New York Natural Heritage Program
Pink Star Moth
Derrima stellata Walker, [1858]
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
The pink star moth has a wingspan of 2.4 to 3 cm. Forewings are dull yellow with a pink border along the costa and outer margin, making this moth more easily identified than some other species. The postmedial line, orbicular spot, and reniform spots are white. The hingwings are more variable by location. In general, the hingwings are dull yellow with a pink outer border. However, in northern parts of its range, the hingwings are pale brown with a pink outer border (Covell 1984).

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification [-]
Adult.

Diet [-]
According to Covell (1984), the foodplant is unknown.
Pink Star Moth Images
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The Best Time to See
Covell (1984) states that there are two broods each year: April to May and July to August. Specific information about the best times to find this species is not available for New York populations at this time.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Present Active
The time of year you would expect to find Pink Star Moth present (blue shading) and active (orange shading) in New York.