Beautiful Utetheisa Utetheisa bella
(Linnaeus, 1758)Wingspan c.48 mm.
This very colourful species is a rare vagrant from North America, with just one record in 1948 on Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire. It is possible that this occurrence was ship-assisted.
The species resembles Crimson Speckled Utetheisa pulchella, but has pink hindwings and usually more extensive salmon-pink on the forewing.
In their native land, the larvae feed on species of rattlebox (Crotalaria).