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Lesser Cream Wave (Scopula immutata)

Lesser Cream Wave (Scopula immutata)
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-13 10:23
Viewed: 1004
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lesser Cream Wave (Scopula immutata) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found throughout Europe.
A typical temperate to boreal Palearctic species. In Europe it ranges from the West coast of France and the British Isles to the Urals. In the North it extends from Central Scandinavia, South to Central Italy and South Bulgaria. This latter occurrence is isolated from the main populations and is limited to higher regions. There are also isolated, very much small occurrences in Northern Portugal and North-eastern Spain, as well as evidence in Corsica and Sardinia. However, these findings must still be confirmed. Outside Europe the species spreads East across the Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Southern Siberia, Mongolia and the Russian Far East and Sakhalin.

The species is moisture-loving and is therefore found in humid forests, swamps, bogs, wet meadows and along rivers. In the Alps and southern Europe it rises up to 1200 meters, rarely even higher (max. 1,850 meters).
The wingspan is 2427 mm. The length of the forewings is 1213 mm.The second generation in the South and moths in the North of the range can reach only 19 to 23 mm. The ground colour is silk white with yellow dusting of varying intensity (particularly in the males).Drought and high temperatures during the development of the pupae induce more yellowish moths with pronounced pattern. The wavy crosslines are yellowish, ochreous to light brown in colour (with a fine scattering of black scales) .Typically there are four crosslines and a wavy marginal line (often wide and blurred). Discal flecks are always present, but they can be much weaker on the front wings. Marginal stains are occasional,and then quite small and inconspicuous.

Similar Species: Distinguished from Scopula floslactata by its more rounded forewings and black discal spot.

The moth flies in one generation from June to August in western Europe.

The larva feed on meadowsweet and valerian.(Wikipedia)

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hallo Siegfried
very nice picture of this moth
good light and good sharpness
thanks gr lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-13 13:40]

Hello Sigi,
Wonderful photo of this moth. Superb sharpness, details and a splendid white balance. Fine composition.

Ciao Siggi, my today neighbour, great macro of fantastic moth, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

The dim light creates a very good atmosphere for this whitish moth. The details are spectacular. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-13 15:22]

Hi Siggi,perfect capture of this moth,the sharpness is the best as possible despite the terrific light,original wings design,i like it! Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano

hi siggi,
wonderful pic with a great POV. like

hallo Siefried, very nice composition of this mot. For me it looks more a black and white foto.
Good information too. Thank you - monique

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2015-08-14 0:43]

Hello Siegfried,
a very beautiful moth,nice capture,regards..

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-08-14 1:35]

remarkable moth take here Siegfried, like the POV and subdued colour palette; .. well done again mate

nuri :)

Hello Siegfried,
Beautiful colored Moth. Well captured. I like its details and silvery white color with blackish stripe. Nice light and sharpness too. Good work....
Thanks for sharing your work with us,
Regards and have a nice WE,

Hello Siggi
wonderfull shot of this white moth, excellent composition and contrasting colors, great sharp details
Have great sunday

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