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Peridroma saucia larvae

Peridroma saucia larvae
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-11-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-29 11:56
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Peridroma saucia Hübner, 1808
Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Common names: pearly underwing or variegated cutworm

Peridroma saucia is a species of moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in southern and central Europe, but is also found further north because of its migratory nature. The moth flies from May to November depending on the location.

Larva reddish brown; dorsal line pale yellow, dark edged; spiracular line pale, black-edged above; a transverse black mark across segment 12; anal plate pale; head black-spotted. The larvae (who are known under the common name of variegated cutworm) feed on grasses and herbaceous plants. I found this larvae feeding on the shrub Teucrium chamaedrys. Peridroma saucia is a major agricultural pest throughout the world, particularly in herbaceous crops but also in epidemic numbers affecting trees and shrubs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-11-29 13:31]

Hi Nikos,not the best sharpness but still a good macro,showing us this rare moth larva,interesting post for a specie not often seen on TN.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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