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Noctua pronuba - egg

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 17 November 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Noctua pronuba (NL: Huismoeder - Ei/ EN: Large Yellow Underwing - Egg / DE: Hausmutter - Ei / FR: Fiancée - Œuf) is a moth, the type species for the family Noctuidae. It is an abundant species throughout Europe, one of the most common and most familiar moths of the region. In some years the species is highly migratory with large numbers appearing suddenly in marginal parts of the range. It flies from July to September and is freely attracted to light. The species occupies a range of habitats, and the caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants and grasses. Eggs are deposited in large groups on the stems of all kinds of plant species (like the blade of grass in the image). The egg is nearly spherical, slightly flattened towards the base. It measures 0.45 mm in height and 0.5 mm in diameter. In the lower half the surface is smooth, in the upper half it has slightly raised longitudinal ribs. They are crossed by very faint transverse ribs.

Image made with 150mm macro + 2x TC in natural light.

Image: Schilde (B) - 06/09/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/8 second F/8.0 ISO 200 300 mm

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L'Angevine from Angers, France

on dirait des bonbons

17 Nov 2011 9:21am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

des oeufs de papillons de nuit ..superbes !! vraiment jolis !

17 Nov 2011 10:31am

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Wat mooi zeg. Dit heb ik nog nooit in het echt gezien. Lijkt me mooi om te fotograferen, vooral nog meer close-up:-)

17 Nov 2011 9:40pm

@Lia: Hm dat is nog eens een uitdaging .... Tja, niet echt evident met eitjes van een halve mm doormeter .... Ik heb nog foto's gemaakt op 150mm 1/1 + 2x tc + 1.4x tc - maar de scherpte is niet echt zoals gewenst: bij het minste zuchtje wind heb je bewegingsonscherpte en door die lenscombinatie verspeel je te veel licht zoadat de opnametijden omhoog gaan etc .... De patronen op die eitjes zijn wel miraculeus mooi zo in miniatuur ... Wie lang genoeg op zijn buik in het gras ligt, komt af en toe wel eens iets dergelijks tegen :-) Fijne dag nog !

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Splendide cette photo des plus intéressante .... bravo

17 Nov 2011 10:10pm

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

Wonderful! Such detail.

17 Nov 2011 11:25pm

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