Large Yellow Underwing moth (Noctua pronuba)

Large Yellow Underwing moth (Noctua pronuba)

Description

Title:
Large Yellow Underwing moth (Noctua pronuba)
Caption / Description:

A light brown colour form of the Large Yellow Underwing moth feeds on a buddleia bush in late September.

The Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) is a moth, the type species for the family Noctuidae. It is an abundant species throughout Europe, 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.

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 drab-at-rest 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.

Description taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noctua_pronuba

Tags / Keywords:
  • Biota
  • Life
  • Vitae
  • Eukaryota
  • Animalia
  • Animals
  • Arthropoda
  • Arthropods
  • Insecta
  • Insects
  • Lepidoptera
  • Moths
  • Noctuidae
  • Owlet Moths
  • Cutworms
  • Noctua
  • Yellow underwings
  • Noctua pronuba
  • Large Yellow Underwing

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Date Original Photo Taken:
Original File Name:
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Original File Dimensions:
4272px x 2848px
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JPEG
Color Mode:
RGB
Original Image Color Profile:
Adobe RGB (1998)

Location

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City:
Market Harborough
Province/State:
Leicestershire
Country:
United Kingdom
World Region:
Europe
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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:
100mm
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 EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM
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
Post Processing:

Adjustment brush used in ACR to darken over-exposed areas on moth