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Nine-spotted Moths (copulation) ♂♀

Amata phegea

Description:

It is a moth in the family Arctiidae also known as "woolly bears". It reaches a wing span of 35 - 40 mm. Its wings are blueish black with white spots. A further feature is the prominent yellow ring at the abdomen. The black antennae have white tips. The Nine-spotted moth uses mimicry to imitate the Zygaena ephialtes [ http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/267... ] which is a poisonous moth. On the photos is shown its copulation.

Habitat:

It is found in southern Europe but also seen up to northern Germany, and in the East to Anatolia and the Caucasus, and there are some populations in the South-Eastern Dutch nature reserves "Leudal" and "De Meinweg" The species prefers drier areas, open ranges with shrubs and trees as well as open forests and slopes.

Notes:

Related spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/239...

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2 Comments

injica
injica 8 years ago

Tnx I know it is ;)

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Definitely Amata phegea!

injica
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injica

Croatia

Spotted on Jun 8, 2013
Submitted on Jun 8, 2013

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