Amata phegea (Nine-spotted moth / Phegeavlinder of Melkdrupje) is a day-active moth in the family Arctiidae ("woolly bears"). The nine-spotted moth is chiefly found in southern Europe but there are a few areas in Belgium where this species can be found. In Belgium it is consedered rare and volnurable. It reaches a wing span of 35–40 millimetres. Its wings are blueish black with white spots. A further feature is the prominent yellow ring at the abdomen. I was looking for this species for several years now and last monday I finally could find it. Sun was almost completely down and light was very diffucult to work in. Flying period of this species is almost over so hopefully I can return next year to make some better images.
Image: Brasschaat (BE) - 19/07/2010
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