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2055 Beautiful Utetheisa Utetheisa bella

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Adult
Beautiful Utetheisa  Utetheisa bella (Adult)

Adult

Kissimmee, Florida

(Photo © Jim Porter)

Adult

Kissimmee, Florida

(Photo © Jim Porter)

2055 Beautiful Utetheisa Utetheisa bella

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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).

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