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Erannis defoliaria

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 18 December 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Erannis defoliaria (Grote wintervlinder (BE) / Mottled Umber (EN) / Große Frostspanner (DE) / Hibernie défoliante (FR)) is a moth of the family Geometridae.

There are not many moth species with an active life during the last days of october so identification of the species is not that difficult. The specimen in the image is clearly a male: the female of this species is wingless and rather spider-like and can be found on the trunks and stems of its larval food plants. The male is fully winged (wingspan 40–45 mm) and very variable. The ground colour of the forewings varies from pale cream to brown with brown to black basal area and a broad band in the same colour. The hindwings are whitish. This difference in form between individuals of different sex in the same species is called "sexual dimorphism".

Image: Schilde (BE) - 29/10/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/8 second F/14.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Das ist ja ein ziemlich - zumindest bei uns - häufiger Spanner ! Was ist los mit dir ? Hast du Weihnachtsstress ? Fein, daß es wenigstens tolle Fotos von dir zu sehen gibt ! Schöne Grüße, wenig Stress und viel Zeit wünscht dir Sonja

18 Dec 2010 9:54pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

very nice color and details!

18 Dec 2010 11:19pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Great capture and composition. That insect is familiar to me too.

19 Dec 2010 9:26am

Kaneabel from London, United Kingdom

Great shot Johan! nice details and DOF! How did you get that Bokeh with f14? Was the background long way away behind the subject?

20 Dec 2010 10:09pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/8 second
ISO 200
150 mm