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  Salt and Pepper Moth (Utetheisa lotrix)





Salt and Pepper Moth | Utetheisa lotrix photo
This moth was attracted to house lights at night. It could be a Heliotrope Moth (U. pulchelloides) or a Salt and Pepper Moth (U. lotrix) - it is impossible to tell from these photos.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Salt and Pepper Moth | Utetheisa lotrix photo
This moth was photographed on window at night

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



INSECT FACTS

Identification
This moth is very similar to Utetheisa pulchelloides (the Heliotrope moth). Both species have brightly coloured have white wings with red, brown and black spots and markings. Some have orange yellow on the head. The caterpillars are dark blue with yellow stripes and orange spots, and is covered with stiff sparse short hairs. The larvae contain poisonous alkaloids that deter predators from eating them

Size
25mm

Food
They feed on a member of the pea family called Crotalaria.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Arctiidae
Genus:Utetheisa
Species:lotrix
Common Name:Salt and Pepper Moth

Relatives in same Genus
  Heliotrope Moth (U. pulchelloides)