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Noctua pronuba

Noctua pronuba
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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: 2018-05-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-05-08 9:32
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Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Noctua
Species:N. pronuba

The large yellow underwing (Noctua pronuba) is a moth, the type species for the family Noctuidae. It is an abundant species throughout the Palearctic ecozone, one of the most common and most familiar moths of the region. In some years the species is highly migratory with large numbers appearing suddenly in marginal parts of the range.
It is also present in Europe, North Africa, Canary Islands, Middle East, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, northwest India, Russia, Novosibirsk Oblast, Caucasus, Transcaucasia and Central Asia. It was introduced into North America at Nova Scotia. Since then it has increased its range considerably and has been recorded for Maine in 1985, and then spread throughout the northeast from Vermont and Massachusetts (1989) to New Hampshire (1990), New York, Maryland (1992), and Connecticut (1993). It was first recorded in Pennsylvania in 1998, North Carolina (1997) and west to Colorado (1999), Wyoming (2000), California (2001), British Columbia (2002) and Alaska (2005) and Ontario (2017).
This is a quite large and heavy moth with a wingspan of 50–60 mm. The forewings are quite variable from light brown to almost black. The darker individuals often have a pale streak along the costa. The hindwings are bright orange-yellow with a black sub-terminal band. As with other Noctua species (and numerous other insects), this contrast of bland-on-land and bright-in-flight is used to confuse potential predators. This species flies at night from July to September and is attracted to light, sometimes in huge numbers. It will also visit flowers such as Buddleia, ragwort, and red valerian.
The larva is green or brown with two rows of black dashes along the back. This is one of the notorious "cutworms", causing fatal damage at the base of virtually any herbaceous plant (some examples listed below), sometimes severing it completely. This ubiquitous species is one of the most hated of garden pests. The species overwinters as a larva and feeds on mild days throughout the winter.

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Ciao Luciano, mai vista prima, mi sa che vengo a far foto a Cuggiono, che qui piove sempre, sembra novembre, gran macro con dettagli spettacolari e magnifici colori, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano
A very impressive looking moth and good quality image. You asked about Uzbekistan - I can't remember seeing much in the way of butterflies and moths but then I wasn't looking for them - get out of the towns and I think you will find them. I'm sure you will enjoy Uzbekistan.

Bonjour Luciano,

La végétation cadre bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Fiancée. La lumière donne de belles teintes aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


hallo Luciao
Lovely colours of this nice moth who i have also seen in Greece
gr lou

Oá Luciano,
Amazing quality capture, which gives us a very accurate picture of the moth.

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