Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) moth

Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) moth

Description

Title:
Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) moth
Caption / Description:

The Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is a common, sometimes abundant, European species. It is found in most of Europe except northernmost Fennoscandia and the southern parts of the Iberian Peninsula and Greece. The smaller subspecies sardoa is found on Sardinia and Corsica. The species is also found in Anatolia, Western Asia and central Asia. In the Alps it is found up to heights of 2,500 meters.

This is a fairly large species (wingspan 46-54 mm), the forewings varying from pale greyish brown to almost black and cryptically patterned. All but the darkest individuals usually have an obvious black mark close to the dorsum and a pale "zig-zag" subterminal line. The hindwings are whitish with darker venation and a dark shaded band at the margin. This moth flies at night from June to August with a second brood sometimes emerging in September and October. It is attracted to light, sugar and many nectar-rich flowers.

The larva is pale with a black head and black spots. It feeds on various grasses including Deschampsia, Dactylis glomerata, Lolium Calamagrostis and Festuca species (including Festuca ovina). This species overwinters as a larva.

Description from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Arches

Tags / Keywords:
  • Biota
  • Life
  • Vitae
  • Eukaryota
  • Animalia
  • Animals
  • Arthropoda
  • Arthropods
  • Insecta
  • Insects
  • Lepidoptera
  • Moths
  • Noctuidae
  • Owlet Moths
  • Butterflies
  • Skippers
  • Cutworms
  • Apamea
  • Apamea monoglypha
  • Dark Arches

Admin

Date Original Photo Taken:
Original File Name:
_MG_2293.psd
Event:
Rating:
Date this image added/last updated on website:
Original File Dimensions:
4272px x 2848px
File Type:
JPEG
Color Mode:
RGB
Original Image Color Profile:
Adobe RGB (1998)

Location

Location Created:
Sublocation:
City:
Market Harborough
Province/State:
Leicestershire
Country:
United Kingdom
World Region:
Europe
Geo-location:

Rights

Copyright Status:
Copyrighted
Licensing Status:
Rights Managed
Available for Editorial Use:
Yes
Available for Commercial Use:
Yes
Copyright Notice:
© 2010 Dave Kennard

Camera Data

Date Digital Resource was created:
Shutter speed:
1200 s
Aperture:
f/8
Camera Model:
Canon EOS 450D
ISO:
100
Exposure Compensation:
0
Focal Length:
65mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv.):
Metering Mode:
Multi-segment
Flash:
On, Fired
Exposure Mode:
Manual
White Balance:
Manual
Light Source:
Exposure Program:
Manual

Additional shooting metadata

Lens:
Canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 1-5x Macro
Filters used:
Additional Optics used:
Setup:
Handheld
Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Flash with home-made concave diffusers

Post Processing

Image Modified:
Software used:
  • Adobe Camera RAW
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5
Post Processing:

CR2 converted in ACR
Bottom of image painted gray in PS CS5
Curves adjustment to brighten and increase contrast in PS CS5
LCE applied in PS CS5