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Pale Oak Beauty - Hypomecis punctinalis

Pale Oak Beauty - Hypomecis punctinalis
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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: 2007-06-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-30 2:08
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Points: 0
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Hypomecis punctinalis(Scopoli, 1763) male / Pale Oak Beauty male / Aschgrauer Baumspanner oder Aschgrauer Rindenspanner männchen / Ringspikkelspanner.

Wingspan 46-55 mm.

Although rather variable in ground colour, this species can be confused with Great Oak Beauty(Hypomecis roboraria). One of the separating features is that the latter species has a pale spot on a dark background on the tip of the forewing underside.

The larva feeds mainly on Quercus, Betula, but also on other deciduous trees. Hibernates as a pupa underground.

The adults fly in one generation, possible a small partial second generation a year; from late April till late July. They come to light.

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