Florida Pink Scavenger
(previously known as Anatrachyntis badia)
COSMOPTERIGINAE, COSMOPTERIGIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are pink, with a dark brown head and tail. They scavenge on the damaged flowers and foliage of a wide variety of plants, including:
The adult moths have brown wings, with broken dark bands across them. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.
The species occurs in many parts of the world, including
as well as in northern Australia including
Further reading :
David Adamski, John W Brown, & William H White,
Description of the immature stages of Pyroderces badia (Hodges) (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae), with a new host record from louisiana,
Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington,
Volume 108 (2006) pp. 341-346.
Ronald W. Hodges,
A revision of the Cosmopterigidae of America north of Mexico,
Volume 42 (1962), pp. 1-166.
(written 8 February 2013)