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Nine-spotted moth

Amata phegea

Description:

The nine-spotted moth (Amata phegea) is a moth in the family Arctiidae ("woolly bears"). It reaches a wing span of 35–40 millimetres (1.4–1.6 in). 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. Similar moths are Amata ragazzii (Turati, 1917) and Zygaena ephialtes (Linnaeus, 1758). Z. ephialtes is poisonous for birds and the nine-spotted moth imitates its appearance (mimicry).

Habitat:

The nine-spotted moth is chiefly 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.


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12 Comments

injica
injica 5 years ago

Be patient I will put my doubtful spotting in a min :D so you can feel free to correct me and train your ego ;D p.s. who's feet did you borrow/took to feel so stable? 2 is not stable enough for what you are showing, I mean, you are showing some pretty superhuman abilities :D

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

See what I mean, I still have two feet, I certainly meant my own ones...

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

One can certainly always complain about my suggestion, if they dare..., just kidding ;-)... Sometimes I struggle over my one feet!

injica
injica 5 years ago

nothing special, just that if is not somebody-not you bayucca :P don't agree it's free to complain about it ;D

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

;-))), what ever you are talking about...

injica
injica 5 years ago

;) mislim da nisi, ali vrijeme ce pokazati ;) ili ce se neko pobudniti ;D

Mijat
Mijat 5 years ago

evo poslusao sam te! valjda nisam pogresio ;)

injica
injica 5 years ago

you can compare them with my spotting http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/262... I always love to take photos of both male and female to compare them and be more sure when I find them separately...

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

Good question! Actually I have also difficulties with yours and I certainly will re-check my other Phegea. It is quite easy to separate them IF the spots are how they usually should be. What is unfortunately not the case in yours (and also not really in the Phegea you mentioned)...
The spot towards the body on the hindwing should be larger than the basal spot in Kruegeri. In Phegea it is the other way round. So what shall we do if both spots are from the same size? I would tend to Phegea as well, but I am not 100% sure. Phegea starts usually in June, whereas Kruegeri in May, depending on the season, which is not easy to judge this year.
If we are not sure we should take Amata sp. with mentioning the 2 possible candidates in the description section.

injica
injica 5 years ago

jooj da....zeznuto je, bayucca je jedan clan ovog Noaha koji se dobro kuži u te leptire, bolje da njega sacekamo! ali ovo sta sam napisala za imena, di ti pise Scientific name tu bi trebao upisati latinsko ime, a ne iznad di piše Common name, a ove rodove i familije, to mozes navesti u opisu ;)

Mijat
Mijat 5 years ago

dugo sam se dvoumio i stvarno ne mogu da odlucim.... cak mozda i ragazzii?
nisam te razumeo ovo za imena?

injica
injica 5 years ago

ja nekako mislim da je ovo Amata phegea ... uglavnom: na na prazno polje imena ne ide latinski naziv nego naziv iz naroda ili tek tvoje neko ime, a ispod sa italic ukosenim slovima ide latinski naziv ;)

Полошки Регион, Macedonia

Lat: 41.65, Long: 20.74

Spotted on Jul 7, 2013
Submitted on Jul 7, 2013

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