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Black Arches; Monja

Lymantria monacha


Moths with white forewings with black connected wavy arches. Wingspan of 4 to 5 cm. The light brown hindwings have white fringes with black spots. They also have a characteristic biscuit-coloured abdomen with a black band. Females are larger and have elongated wings. The eggs are oval, light brown or light red. Caterpillars are whitish grey to blackish, with grey hairs, red and blue warts, and a dark longitudinal dorsal line which is interrupted or broadened into spots in places.


Deciduous forest. Reserva de la Biosfera del Río Eo.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/16; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. Flash fired

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arlanda 4 years ago

Thanks Leuba

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Nice one arlanda !

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San Tirso de Abres, Principado de Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 19, 2015
Submitted on Nov 3, 2015

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