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Dotted Border Copula

Dotted Border Copula
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 3, Copula of Lepidoptera and Odonata [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-01 9:45
Viewed: 3373
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Agriopis marginaria copula / Dotted Border copula / Grote voorjaarsspanner paring / Graugelber Breitflügelspanner Paarung / l'Hibernie hâtive copula.

It is a sure sign that the moth season is beginning when this moth starts to appear. It's a common species in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The wingless female is typical of most moths from this part of the season, conserving energy for pairing and egg laying. The forewings of the males can be variable in markings and intensity. Some can be almost dark brown in colour, through to a pale orange/yellow.

They can be recorded in one generation from flying February to May and are mainly found inhabiting woodlands, gardens and other similar habitats. They have a flimsy and delicate flight and can often be found resting in the morning close to security lights. They can easily be recorded at dedicated light traps. Sometimes on ideal mild nights large numbers can be recorded. The females can sometimes be found sitting at the base of their foodplants.

During the months of April to early June the larvae feed on a wide variety of trees and shrubs. These include oak, sallow, hawthorn and sallow.

This species overwinters in the ground in the pupa stage.


Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria
(Fabricius, 1777)
Wingspan 27-32 mm.

A common species distributed widely over the British Isles, there are quite a number of variations, including a virtually all-dark form, ab. fuscata.

The females are flightless, and have only vestigial wings.

The moths are out from February to April, when the males can be attracted to light.

The species frequents woodland, gardens and bushy places, and the larvae feed on several different deciduous trees.



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-01 11:27]

Hello Harm,
An absolutely amazing shot of these mating moths, especially because we have here the wingless female, a subject we don't see often on this site. Perfec sharpness and composition.
A great document indeed!
Thanks a lot
Have a nice evening

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-01 11:56]

Hello Harm!

You're lucky - looks like winter is over in your place. Very good macro with interesting subject. I've never seen such scene with wingless female. Excellent post.

Ciao Harm, great capture of maiting couple, elegant diagonal composition with fantastic dark BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Harm,
This is a great image of this couple mating,and a real education for me.
I had no idea the females of moths were sometimes wingless.
You are moving into spring,and we are just getting into autumn (fungi season).
TFS & Cheers,

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