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Jersey Moth

Euplagia quadripunctaria

Description:

In Belgium they call this moth Spanish Flag. I still don´t know very well why because it is not exactly alike the Spanish flag and actually some years is also common sight in Belgium. In this spotting you can see that the underwings are beautiful red. It seems to like very much the flowers of the Hemp-Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), plant which in spite of its name does not seem to have anything to do with cannabis (in case you wondered :-).

Habitat:

Our lab garden, KU Leuven.

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13 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks dotun55!

dotun55
dotun55 7 years ago

Beautiful butterfly-looking moth

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks Adarsha! :-)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Very beautiful moth :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks RiekoS :-)

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Very beautiful.

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks, Sarala, ceherzog and the others :-)
It is definitely a diurnal moth found in several parts of Europe. The past years in Belgium have not been so good, at least in my area, to spot these moths but this year I was very happy to spot them more often and just in our semi-wild garden in the Biology department where I work (I call it semi-wild because the plants there are not really taken care off much and they are species of plants found in Belgium in the wild; also the garden is open so butterflies etc come in and out at "gusto").

ceherzog
ceherzog 7 years ago

Pretty amazing. It looks more like a butterfly, even the antennae. Also active during the day. How strange.

Beautiful

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Hola Victor, muchas gracias y bienvenido a PN! Si, soy española aunque vivo en Belgica. Al parecer los dos hemos tenido la oportunidad de encontrar animales y plantas bonitos en UK. Yo por que hace poco estuve de vacaciones en Escocia. Bienvenido a Project Noah! :-)

Victor Mallorquin
Victor Mallorquin 7 years ago

Joined the mission for UK plants, thank you for spotting the mission for me.Ironic and small the world is, 2 spanish(ain't you?sorry if mistaken) people talking in English, living in different countries, and connected by Project Noah and UK Plants : )
By the way, really nice moth pictures

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks beaker98 and landmarkExpert :-)

beaker98
beaker98 7 years ago

Beautiful moth and pics Maria! Very nice series.

The MnMs
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Leuven, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium

Spotted on Aug 2, 2013
Submitted on Aug 17, 2013

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