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Amata phegea - mating

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 4 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Amata phegea (NL: Phegeavlinder, Melkdrupje / EN: Nine-spotted moth / DE: Weißfleck-Widderchen / FR: Sphinx du pissenlit) 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 considered 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.

Image: Soglio (CH) – 12/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Beautifully marked moth, and excellent shot.

4 Sep 2012 6:06am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

a fine macro-love

4 Sep 2012 7:17am

jay from MUMBAI, India

Beautiful macro !!

4 Sep 2012 8:31am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!!!!
so beautiful colors & lights!

4 Sep 2012 11:42am

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Nice close up and photo.

5 Sep 2012 5:03am

Canon EOS 400D
1/50 second
ISO 200
150 mm