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Autographa gamma

Autographa gamma
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-01-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus mini E-PM1, 60mm Olympus Zuiko
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-18 21:06
Viewed: 917
Points: 12
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Autographa gamma (Linnaeus 1758)
Lepidoptera: Noctuidae
Common name: Silver Y

The Silver Y (Autographa gamma) is a migratory moth of the family Noctuidae very common in Crete which is named for the silvery Y-shaped mark on each of its forewings. The Silver Y is a medium-sized moth with a wingspan of 30 to 45 mm. The wings are intricately patterned with various shades of brown and grey providing excellent camouflage. In the centre of each forewing there is a silver-coloured mark shaped like a letter Y or a Greek letter Gamma (γ). There are several different forms with varying colours depending on the climate in which the larvae grow.

Silver Y moths can produce two or three generations in a year with a fourth generation when conditions are particularly good.

Its larvae feed on a wide variety of low-growing plants and have been recorded on over 200 different species including crops such as the garden pea (Pisum sativum), sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) and cabbage (Brassica oleracea).[1] They can reduce crop yields by damaging leaves and are often considered to be a pest.

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Hello Nikos,
Another spectacular image with razor sharp details, amazing clarity and a lovely composition.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2015-01-19 4:26]

Lovely specimen. Very good take on a fitting background.

TFS, Niko,


hallo Nikos
very nice picture of this moth
first specie in 2015
lovely colours to
thanks gr lou

Hello Nikos - You are doing good here in TN, showing us different kinds of Moth and Butterfly, as well as plants. Here it's a "Silver Y"! First time heard about this species and watching it. Very natural color with nice POV with useful NOTE as usual. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-01-19 15:49]

Hi Nikos,good macro of this common moth in my country too,but not easy to take in this position because very nervous,excellent shot,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2015-01-19 21:29]

Hello Nikos,
Excellent macro of this moth with good colours and contrasts.
Thanks for the share,

Hello Nikos! Very nice picture. Nice contrasts the green and the moth. Good start from new year 2015

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