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Arctia flavia.

Arctia flavia.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1996-07-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-19 7:59
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Arctia flavia.

Arctia flavia (Fuessly, 1779)
Alpine Yellow Tiger Moth,
Engadiner Bär.

Family: Actiidae
Ordo: Lepidoptera

Wingspan: 50 - 70 mm

Please take my excuse for the poor quality.
This is a scan in from on old colour print.

The reasons for posting:

1. Feeling homesick for the Alpine mountains.

2. This species from the highest regions of the Alpine mountains is not very common, seems to be very rare for many years, and is possibly endangered.

Back in 1996 I found several individuals of the "Engadiner Bär" sitting next to alpine cottages in the mountains of the Oetztal Valley, near Gries im Sulztal. The picture presented was taken in that year with rather poor equipment. Since then, I never had the chance to see any of them again, having been repeatedly to the same locations the same time of the year.

Hopefully I will be lucky again this year in July, arriving with modern equipment.


Arctia flavia (Fuessly 1997) - these pretty and conspicuous moths can be found high up in the Alpine mountains of Europe, between 2000 - 3000 m above sea level. They prefer humid places near glaciers. Greyish hairy caterpillars feeding during the night on Alpine Cotoneaster and similar alpine vegetation, hiding under rocks at daytime, hibernating two times before becoming mature. Moths can be seen in July.

Literature: Weidemann, H.-J. & Jochen Köhler: Nachtfalter. Spinner und Schwärmer. Naturbuch-Verlag, Augsburg 1996, ISBN 3-89440-128-1

Camera: Minolta SRT 101b, 150mm macrofilter + 2, F/3.5, 1/125 sec., no tripod, no flash. Film: Kodacolor 100. Image scanned in from colour print. Flatbed Scanner: Canon N1240U.

Thank you for looking. Hope you enjoy.
Have a very good day.

firelord, wallhalla15, valy67, hansh, carper, jmp, marhowie, limier, batu, phlr, scottevers7, loot, dew77, red45, Christopher_PL, TAZ, cicindela has marked this note useful
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To batu: any picture of this species is valuablepeter_stoeckl 1 05-20 03:54
To jmp: memorypeter_stoeckl 1 05-19 16:19
To wallhalla15: ID korrekt?peter_stoeckl 1 05-19 08:48
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Hi Peter, excllent subject to photograph, Great details, Bg, I Like the POV a Lot,

TFS Kyle

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-19 8:15]

Hallo Peter,
toll dass du uns diese Raritaet praesentierst. Klasse diese Details, prima POV, man kann den Falter so richtig gut studieren.
Gruss und schoenes Wochenende..Sky

Hallo Peter, ich bin mir nicht ganz sicher ob Deine ID korrekt ist. Schau:
Ich tippe da auf den Garden Tiger. (Arctia caja) Da hast Du aber damals eine Rarität vor die Linse bekommen. - Für ein altes eingescanntes Foto ist die Abbildung dieses schönen Nachtfalters aber superB. Danke Dir für diesen Leckerbissen. Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

HI peter ,

A nice capture of this rare 1 , good shaprness coz can c the hair clearly , cant help on dim colour coz of old pic. Thanks for sharing the pic with a good note on the same.


This is really a very beautiful moth, I have never seen anything like that before. Patterns and colors on his wongs are wonderful. Nice details, POV and composition, I like it very much !

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-05-19 9:33]

Beautiful butterfly and you catured it very well. I like the colors very well and it seems that his eyes are burning.
Gr. Hans

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-05-19 10:28]

I accept your excuses for the bad photo peter after reading the very good not. Very good to capture one and let us seen one, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-05-19 16:13]

Hi Peter
Excellent shot af this lovely moth.
I'm not sure but I think its common to my places.
Poor quality but rich in other things.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-05-19 16:34]
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Hallo Peter,
during my many tours in alpine regions, I never met this rare Arctia flava. Any documentation and picture of this species is valuable. The colours are impressive in spite of the now 'out-dated' camera equipment used. I wish that we can see another picture of flava in August 2006 proving that the species has survived in the region.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-19 17:21]

Very beautiful moth and well captured Peter!
Very good on colours!
Very good POV!
Good DOF and details too!
5* and TFS!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-19 18:05]
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Hi Peter,
A really beautiful month! Its colors are fascinating with golden and red inside and black/while outside.
But this month (or a similar species) touch me. When I lived in full contact with Nature a similar month arrived to my home in September; this meant the end of holidays and the beginning of academic year. Now this is far in my memory. I'd like to find this month again. Of course must the another as the place is at just 150 m above sea level and here in the south of Spain. The last thing I can imagine is that such an emotion will come to me by wire from your beautiful country.
Thank you very much of this post. Homesick is now in my soul too and this is not (so) bad.
Best redard my friend.
José M.

Hi Peter,
This is a new one for me, so I really think this excellent. Unique design in the wings. Beautiful colors and sharp detail. Excellent shot, and excellent notes.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-05-19 23:17]

Hi Peter,
This is a beautiful moth with amazing colours,
very good details and nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-20 3:14]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful capture.This moth is new to me.POV,colors,details and your informative note are wonderful.Have great weekend!

Hi Peter,
Thanks for sharing this even though you did'ny like the quality , the picture is very well taken and hope u'll be luck again and continue to share such beauties

Hello Peter!
What a wonderful moth you get!, this one is the best moth I've ever seen my friend. A little bit sharpness needed maybe, but not important to me for this one! Great shot, many many thanks for showing this beauty to us. Just wonderful...
Best regards,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-20 16:31]
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Hi Peter
Eeeek! Somehow I missed this colourful and interesting beauty. I can see what you say about the quality of the scan, but that does not detract from the fact that it is a spectacular moth. Also, the fact that it recalled special memories for you makes it all the more special that you shared it with us. I truly hope you can find it this year with your 'modern equipment'. I am anxious to see those results.
Well done and TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-21 13:08]

Wow, wow, wow!!! Hi Peter :-) Stunning shot. I've never seen so beautifull and colorfull moth. Geometric patterns and orange colour look superb. You've got very interesting insects around!

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-21 17:35]

Hi Peter,

Intersting frame.
Very goos sharp and colors.
Well done!

TFS :-)

Thank you for your picture - it's really VERY rare moth. I've never seen the picture of it!
Thank you for sharing


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-18 1:18]

I didn't know there was Tiger in Alps :-)) Interesting to discover. Sharpness seems a bit soft but not a big problem. Instructive note too... Congratulations Peter

Hello Peter!
Very nice picture! :) I really like Arctiidae moths - mainly because of thier colours :)
I agree with you than sometimes it is ggod to show also some pictures from archive, especially if there are some rare or rarely photograhed species. I started my adventure with photography with Russian camera Zenit 12XP. I have to confess that since I started to use digital camera I made much more pictures that with Zenit. But you know, every single picture is unique, and moreover some situations will not repeat any more... :)
So thanks for sohing this rare species!
Best withes,

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