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An Interesting Species of Noctuid Moth

An Interesting Species of Noctuid Moth
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-05 2:28
Viewed: 3072
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Storfläckigt bandfly, Noctua interposita

The Swedish name means 'large-spotted banded noctuid'. As this species of Yellow Underwing moth does not occur in the UK, there does not seem to be an English name. There are two other similar species in the UK that are widespread in Europe.

This species is a recent arrival in Sweden, having been first noted in the year 2000.

It is basically an Eastern European species that is spreading westwards. The larvae feed on various herbs and grasses and the adults fly in late summer.

The Noctua genus of Noctuid moths is strictly nocturnal but these moths are attracted to light, like this one was.

This one had landed on our rock garden, luckily showing a little of the hind wings which they normally don't show when resting.

This was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft) with my camera and long lens supported on a cheap tripod in partial morning cloud.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

This is the first time this species is shown on TN.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-05 2:44]

Hi Ivan,this is a great capture! You know how i like this species and i know how are difficult to find and to identify.A magnificent work at the top of quality and very interesting! My best compliments for the "first time" ,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-08-05 2:51]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo of this interesting Moth species,first time on TN, congratulations !

It is a truly remarkable first picture of this species of Moths on TN, Ivan. Congratulations!
What I adore in this picture is the visibility of both sets of this Moth's wings. The inner ones look so delicate and beautiful and evoke in my mind the image of a light yellow saari with an artistic brown border.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Ivan,
A very nice captured of this little moth, excellent point of view and great sharpness details, beautiful composition and lovely colours,
Thanks for sharing and congratulations for first time on TN!
Best Regards,

Hi Ivan,

Well first off well done on a TN first with this Noctuid Moth Ivan, great capture with fabulous results, very well exposed under the harsh lighting, splendid natural colours, great camera and equipment skills, fabulous work here my friend and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-05 4:23]

Bonjour Ivan,
Interesting to read that this Moth arrived just lately to your country. Amazing because it is a species more settled down in the South.
Fine and natural shot and interesting note.
Un grand merci

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-05 5:48]

Hello Ivan.
Wonderful shot of this beautiful moth. Very impressive sharpness, details and colours with superb light and exposure. Excellent POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-05 6:09]

Good composition for this beautiful moth, yes, bit of hind wings is bonus, well captured. tfs.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-08-05 6:30]

Hi Ivan.
Perfect macro shot of this moth. This species of moth Noctua I see first time around my house I saw another very similar type of Noctua pronuba. Your capture is exceptional, I like the yellow color underside of the wings. Composition, focus and exposure are very well done. Have a nice weekend.
TFS and best regards

Hi Ivan,
Excellent close up. POV, colors, details and framing are wonderful.

hello Ivan
very nice picture of this beauty
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ivan,
Good detalis and good species.
It has lovely coloors.
Have a good weekend.

Interesting species, interesting note and beautiful photo Ivan! Very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hi Ivan,

First of all congratulations for the superb photo and for the TN-debut. Incredible sharpness / details, nice colors and perfect exposure. My hats off of you again, Sir!

At the same time I must say your work, no matter your photographed subjects are birds, insects or something else, is always very inspiring for me. I'm always looking for local (Hungarian) occurence of the species, paralel with looking at your pic, searching for local names etc. So, now: in my country this moth is fairly common, local name is Köztes sárga-fűbagoly - and unlike many other b-fly and moth species, not protected by the local laws. Although your well written notes and your fabulous photos are more important for me than the Hungarian datas for you, I hope my little off-topic critiques on your photos aren't so boring for you. Thanks for sharing this superb piece, and for the inspiration. Friendly regards, László

Hello Ivan,
Indeed an interesting species of moth I never seen before.
The colors, details and focus are excellent.
Wonderful clarity of this perfect catch.

A beautifully marked moth perfectly captured. regards yiannis

Hi Ivan,
very interesting specie captured from great point of view. Nice natural colours. Excellent composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this moth with beautiful colours and good sharpness. Nice presentation for the first time her on TN. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

Hallo Ivan,
congratulations on this first on TN; a very good macro shot, superb sharpness and very beautiful colours, excellent point of view showing perfectly this interesting species
Have a good weekend

Hi Ivan,
good POV of this species of Noctua!
TFS & have a nice weekend

I find it quite interesting about these moths being nocturnal, yet attracted to light. Is that ironic? At very least it gives one pause to consider the grand scheme of design. Certainly it is within the scope of science to explain but explanations do not satisfy all. It gives some thoughts to wonder upon. Fine work you continue to do Ivan. Be Blessed.

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2011-08-08 13:40]

Preciosa !!

Hello Ivan

Excellent macro of this moth, with very fine POV,
DOF, and specially the way it is framed diagonally
on the image, beautiful soft light, great focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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