Look at this pretty little Southern thing. . . ! She’s about the size of your pinkie nail and her color is so pretty that it inspires gardeners like my friend Dirtwom in Tennessee to run out and take photos in the rain.
Something this small. . . this lovely. . . has to be harmless, right? Just another pretty face in the garden.
And then your salvia blossoms start disappearing. . . .
We think it’s a Southern Pink Moth (Pyrausta inornatalis).
There is, of course, Gainsborough’s Pinkie if you just want a pretty face to hang on the wall. But here’s a picture of a pink critter belonging to my friend Beanie’s granddaughter. The Latin name is Simis Rosa.
Meet Miss Pink Sock Monkey. The salvia is safe with her.