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Operophtera brumata - Copula Sadly, my images of a copula of this species are all hampered by drops of water on the lens due to a constant drizzle :-/ Geometridae,Larentiinae,Lepidoptera,Operophtera,Operophtera brumata,Operophterini,Winter moth,copulation,nl: Kleine wintervlinder Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Operophtera brumata - Copula

Sadly, my images of a copula of this species are all hampered by drops of water on the lens due to a constant drizzle :-/

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  1. Perfect! I would love to find a flightless female moth, and even better to find one mating! So cool. Posted 4 months ago
    1. I'm still a bit confused about this being the natural "pose" for a copula or not, as I've also seen males sitting on top of the females and covering the whole scene with his wings, to the point of not being able to see if there is a lady under his wings or not ... so maybe you've seen it before, but just didn't see the female ;o) Posted 4 months ago
      1. Hmm. Interesting! This past summer, I started inspecting tree bark for flightless moth females, and am now motivated to keep searching. Posted 4 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.

Winter moths are considered an invasive species in North America; Nova Scotia experienced the first confirmed infestations in the 1930s. The moth is.. more

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