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Orange Underwing

Orange Underwing
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Copyright: Dmitry Gavryushin (Osmeterium) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 158] (517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 D Macro EX
Exposure: f/22, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-31 11:40
Viewed: 3365
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Archiearis parthenias (Geometridae, Archiearinae).
Forewing length 18 mm.
Just beside my apartment block.

This is a day-flying moth, unusually being on the wing in the early part of the year between March and April, preferring to fly in sunshine.
It inhabits birch woods. The greenish caterpillar feeds firstly on the catkins, and then on the leaves of birch. It's worth mentioning that it has vestigial prolegs on abdominal segments A3 to A5.

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Hi Dmitry,
impressingly clear documentary shot of a species that I do not remember to have seen before. Perfect presentation, thank you for showing it freshly taken.
I suppose it showed its yellow wings behind its perfectly camouflaged forewings just after having been irritated?
With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Dmitry!
I really have to say that when I looked at this picture for the first time I believed that it belongs to Noctuidae. So... again thanks to your presentation I learned something new :)
According to quality of this picture I think that a little better DOF would be nice :)
Best greetings and have a nice evening!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-31 15:35]

Hello Dmitry,
since years I try to find thie species in early spring - without success. You had the luck to meet and natural colours you show us the beauty of this moth.
Best wishes, Peter

I really like this picture. The colours seems to be a little bit too bright - I would add more contrast ;-)
Thanks for sharing.


Hello Dmitry,
Very nice shot of that interesting moth. Maybe I would just add some more contrast to that shot. Anyway the colours and composition are very nice.
Best greetings and TFS!

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