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Silver Y, Heesch, Netherlands Found during the day on the far end of our sliding glass door that is an entry to the backyard. A moth classic that is abundant during the summer where it migrates from the south. It is known to be attracted to high nectar flowers of which lavender is one of the favorites, we happen to have lots of in the garden.<br />
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It is well known for its easy to recognize symbol on the wings. Named &quot;Y&quot; in english. In dutch we call it the &quot;Gamma owl&quot; as a reference to that latin character. An older dutch name is to simply call it &quot;the pistol&quot;.<br />
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Macro of the head:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63631/silver_y_heesch_-_head_netherlands.html" title="Silver Y, Heesch - head, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/63631_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=g%2FfQyUg67mAnmntBwXcMkeJcF78%3D" width="200" height="176" alt="Silver Y, Heesch - head, Netherlands Found during the day on the far end of our sliding glass door that is an entry to the backyard. A moth classic that is abundant during the summer where it migrates from the south. It is known to be attracted to high nectar flowers of which lavender is one of the favorites, we happen to have lots of in the garden.<br />
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It is well known for its easy to recognize symbol on the wings. Named &quot;Y&quot; in english. In dutch we call it the &quot;Gamma owl&quot; as a reference to that latin character. An older dutch name is to simply call it &quot;the pistol&quot;.<br />
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Full body:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63629/silver_y_heesch_netherlands.html<br />
Closeup of the &quot;Y&quot;, &quot;Gamma&quot;, or &quot;Pistol&quot; whichever you see in it:<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63632/silver_y_heesch_-_wing_netherlands.html Autographa gamma,Europe,Heesch,Moth Week 2018,Moths,Netherlands,Silver Y,World" /></a></figure><br />
Closeup of the &quot;Y&quot;, &quot;Gamma&quot;, or &quot;Pistol&quot; whichever you see in it:<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63632/silver_y_heesch_-_wing_netherlands.html" title="Silver Y, Heesch - wing, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/63632_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=RDFjA1CwWhKtYrlXHS63Grpci4w%3D" width="104" height="152" alt="Silver Y, Heesch - wing, Netherlands Found during the day on the far end of our sliding glass door that is an entry to the backyard. A moth classic that is abundant during the summer where it migrates from the south. It is known to be attracted to high nectar flowers of which lavender is one of the favorites, we happen to have lots of in the garden.<br />
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It is well known for its easy to recognize symbol on the wings. Named &quot;Y&quot; in english. In dutch we call it the &quot;Gamma owl&quot; as a reference to that latin character. An older dutch name is to simply call it &quot;the pistol&quot;.<br />
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Macro of the head:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63631/silver_y_heesch_-_head_netherlands.html<br />
Full body:<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63629/silver_y_heesch_netherlands.html Autographa gamma,Europe,Heesch,Moth Week 2018,Moths,Netherlands,Silver Y,World" /></a></figure> Autographa gamma,Europe,Heesch,Moth Week 2018,Moths,Netherlands,Silver Y,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Silver Y, Heesch, Netherlands

Found during the day on the far end of our sliding glass door that is an entry to the backyard. A moth classic that is abundant during the summer where it migrates from the south. It is known to be attracted to high nectar flowers of which lavender is one of the favorites, we happen to have lots of in the garden.

It is well known for its easy to recognize symbol on the wings. Named "Y" in english. In dutch we call it the "Gamma owl" as a reference to that latin character. An older dutch name is to simply call it "the pistol".

Macro of the head:

Silver Y, Heesch - head, Netherlands Found during the day on the far end of our sliding glass door that is an entry to the backyard. A moth classic that is abundant during the summer where it migrates from the south. It is known to be attracted to high nectar flowers of which lavender is one of the favorites, we happen to have lots of in the garden.<br />
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It is well known for its easy to recognize symbol on the wings. Named "Y" in english. In dutch we call it the "Gamma owl" as a reference to that latin character. An older dutch name is to simply call it "the pistol".<br />
<br />
Full body:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63629/silver_y_heesch_netherlands.html<br />
Closeup of the "Y", "Gamma", or "Pistol" whichever you see in it:<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63632/silver_y_heesch_-_wing_netherlands.html Autographa gamma,Europe,Heesch,Moth Week 2018,Moths,Netherlands,Silver Y,World

Closeup of the "Y", "Gamma", or "Pistol" whichever you see in it:

Silver Y, Heesch - wing, Netherlands Found during the day on the far end of our sliding glass door that is an entry to the backyard. A moth classic that is abundant during the summer where it migrates from the south. It is known to be attracted to high nectar flowers of which lavender is one of the favorites, we happen to have lots of in the garden.<br />
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It is well known for its easy to recognize symbol on the wings. Named "Y" in english. In dutch we call it the "Gamma owl" as a reference to that latin character. An older dutch name is to simply call it "the pistol".<br />
<br />
Macro of the head:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63631/silver_y_heesch_-_head_netherlands.html<br />
Full body:<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/63629/silver_y_heesch_netherlands.html Autographa gamma,Europe,Heesch,Moth Week 2018,Moths,Netherlands,Silver Y,World

    comments (10)

  1. I like the name Gamma. Posted one year ago
    1. It's a cool name but I don't see the resemblance to either the latin gamma character or the Y. Both characters have two legs, this mark has only one. Pistol comes closer I'd say :) Posted one year ago
      1. Pistol definitely bears the closest resemblance. But, gamma is a much cooler name, in my opinion ;). Or "Hook" would be a good name because they look like hooks. It could be the Hooker Moth. Posted one year ago
        1. Well, shoot...Scrap that last name. It took me a couple minutes to realize that the name Hooker Moth could be misconstrued. Posted one year ago
        2. Agreed that Gamma is the cooler name! Lol @ Hooker Moth, I guess I have the kind of mind to immediately take that the wrong way. Posted one year ago
          1. I think we are ALL of that mindset! Haha! Posted one year ago
            1. Perhaps for some species it wouldn't even be inaccurate lol. Posted one year ago
            2. Lol, it took me a minute or two to realize my snafu though ;) Posted one year ago
  2. Beautiful!

    I also prefer "Gamma" :)
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks, Lisa! Posted one year ago

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The Silver Y is a migratory moth of the family Noctuidae which is named for the silvery Y-shaped mark on each of its forewings.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jul 25, 2018. Captured Jul 21, 2018 12:35.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm