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Arctia flavia. (44)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
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.


Distribution:

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.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Arctia flavia - undisturbed at rest.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Arctia flavia (Fuessly 1779), "Engadiner Bär"

resting undisturbed, hindwings covered. Strong contour dissolving pattern of forewings. A little bit of the yellow hind wings still visible. They fully get exposed when the moth feels molested.