Pink Diamond Moth

Noctueliopsis aridalis

a small moth, Noctueliopsis aridalis, from Aguila in the Sonoran Desert photo © by Mike Plagens

At light in Sonoran Desert Scrub habitat, 15 km s of Aguila, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 18 March 2017.

Crambidae -- a Large family of Small Moths

Given that a number of these small moths came to light in an area south of Aguila means that a suitable host plant for the larval stage grows in the area. Apparently there is just one generation per year meaning that for most of the year there is a resting stage - probably a larva or pupa - that remains concealed and protected from intense summer heat inside plant tissue or the soil in a state of suspended activity called estivation.

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