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Geometrid sex

Geometrid sex
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Copyright: Gergely Petranyi (pertu) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 19] (102)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Ixus 700
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-21 11:09
Viewed: 3997
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a nice pair of Operophtera brumata of the family Geometridae. The female is wingless and not so easy to find, but mating couples are not difficult to spot on treebark as - unlike as usual - during copulation the male is always looking downwards!
After copulation the female walks up to the tree canopy and places its eggs on the end of the branches, where they overwinter and hatch in the springtime when the sprouts are opening.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-21 12:10]

Hello Gergely,
rarely shown - this colour-poor species including its even more 'unattractive' female.
Nevertheless, she attracted him!
Thank you for this nice nature document which presents the couple well focused and sharp.
Best wishes, Peter

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