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Operophtera brumata - Copula (covered) The same female Winter moth from the image below had found her match some 15 minutes later ...<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/104745/two_ladies.html" title="Two ladies"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/104745_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1623888010&Signature=xmvBzpDUqZRxuq4SQbL6O3W9T%2Bk%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Two ladies A fleeting moment. The female Winter moth was sitting on a stump and the Biorhiza female was running around on that same stump - probably lost a bit, as she must have been expecting to be climbing a complete tree ... one short instant, in passing, it seems like a sisterly embrace ;o)<br />
Some 15 minutes later, the Winter moth had another visitor:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/104746/operophtera_brumata_-_copula_covered.html Biorhiza,Biorhiza pallida,Cynipidae,Geometridae,Jane&#039;s garden,Operophtera,Operophtera brumata,Winter moth,nl: Aardappelgalwesp,nl: Kleine wintervlinder" /></a></figure>  Copulation,Geometridae,Jane's garden,Larentiinae,Lepidoptera,Operophtera,Operophtera brumata,Operophterini,Winter moth,nl: Kleine wintervlinder Click/tap to enlarge

Operophtera brumata - Copula (covered)

The same female Winter moth from the image below had found her match some 15 minutes later ...

Two ladies A fleeting moment. The female Winter moth was sitting on a stump and the Biorhiza female was running around on that same stump - probably lost a bit, as she must have been expecting to be climbing a complete tree ... one short instant, in passing, it seems like a sisterly embrace ;o)<br />
Some 15 minutes later, the Winter moth had another visitor:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/104746/operophtera_brumata_-_copula_covered.html Biorhiza,Biorhiza pallida,Cynipidae,Geometridae,Jane's garden,Operophtera,Operophtera brumata,Winter moth,nl: Aardappelgalwesp,nl: Kleine wintervlinder

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  1. I can almost smell the romance! Life goal completed. Posted 5 months ago
    1. Yes - very comforting to witness the success! I think I've found more females on "strange" spots (like the covers of my trailers or motorcycle or masonry buckets or firewood/stumps or whatever) than I seem to find on trees and the like. Fortunately, these do get picked up by males and often these take off with the lady and hopefully drop her off in place better suited for the offspring... Posted 5 months ago

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The winter moth is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is an abundant species of Europe and the Near East and one of very few Lepidoptera of temperate regions in which the adults are active in the depth of winter. The female of this species is virtually wingless and cannot fly, but the male is fully winged and flies strongly.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
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