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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-S 18-55
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 4, Copula of Lepidoptera and Odonata [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-02 3:55
Viewed: 3338
Points: 4
[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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Hello Harm,
Another wonderful capture of these mating Copula.
Very good exposure,colour and detail.
Thanks for sharing this.

  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-03 19:45]

Harm. This is beautifully done and well presented. The exposure and colors are natural. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Ganesh

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