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Olethreutes arcuella

Olethreutes arcuella
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-04-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-04-27 15:02
Viewed: 1032
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A very rare insect that I saw for the first time and appears for the second time on this site. I apologize for the inadequate quality of the photo, but it is very small and flew away immediately.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tortricidae
Tribe: Olethreutini
Genus: Olethreutes
Species:O. arcuella

Olethreutes arcuella, the arched marble, is a colorful small moth species of the family Tortricidae.
This species can be found in most of Europe, in the East the Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East.
These moths inhabit woodland, fields, hill pasture and heaths.
Olethreutes arcuella has a wingspan of 14–18 mm. Forewings of these medium size moths have an orange-rufous ground colour, with some yellow patches, a few metallic blue-grey or silver-colored streaks and a wide black marking in the middle, which includes a row of three small, silver colored spots. The hindwings are brown.The caterpillars are purplish- gray to violet-brown and have a yellowish-brown head.
This species usually has one generation (univoltine).The flight time of these day-active moths ranges between late May and August.The caterpillars feed on dead and dried out leaves and similar plant material.Also pupation takes place in plant debris.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-04-27 18:32]

Hello Luciano,
Absolutely gorgeous image of this uniquely marked moth. I have never seen this species before, what a beautiful specimen. The colors and markings look like they were painted on by an artist. The overall quality is very good, just a tad bit soft on its head. Great capture!!!

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2017-04-28 1:38]

It is preferred more depth hence the contrast makes this more attractive, nice catch.

Ciao Luciano, questa è proprio micro, difficile farla meglio di così, gran macro di una fantastica rarità, magnifici colori e ottimi dettagli del bel disegno, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Congregation for finding such tiny rare species. Nice to see this species and to me it's first time. Very beautiful colour and design on its body. I like beautiful light on green leaf too.

But facial portion is totally out of focus; looks soft.
Thanks for sharing,

It is a beautiful Moth, Luciano.
The colours and patterns on the wings re well capture.
However, focus went soft on the head.
Still, it is a valuable post.

Hello Luciano

Damage that the whole inset is not focus, otherwise it is an excellent photo,
with fine POV and framing for a beautiful perspective, TFS


Bonjour Luciano,

La feuille aide au cadrage de l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon la Tordeuse de l'œillet. La lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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