Nine-spotted moth

Amata phegea

The nine-spotted moth or yellow belted burnet is a moth in the family Erebidae . The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of ''Systema Naturae''.
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Appearance

''Amata phegea'' reaches a wingspan of 35–40 millimetres . Males are smaller than females and have thicker antennae. Wings are blueish black or greenish black with white spots and metallic sheen. The number and the size of spots are quite variable. Usually there are six white spots on the forewings and two or three spots on the hindwings. The body is quite long, with a yellow spot on the second segment of the abdomen. A further feature is the prominent yellow ring at the sixth segment of the abdomen. The black thread-like antennae have white tips. The caterpillars can reach a length of about 5 centimetres . They are gray black with thick dark brown, fluffy hairs that grow from small growths. The head is reddish brown.

Similar-looking moths include ''Amata ragazzii'' and ''Zygaena ephialtes'' . ''Z. ephialtes'' is in the family Zygaenidae and is unpalatable to birds. The nine-spotted moth imitates its appearance . Both moths are an example of aposematism.
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Distribution

The nine-spotted moth is chiefly found in southern Europe but also seen up to northern Germany, and in the east to Anatolia and the Caucasus, and there are some populations in the south-eastern Dutch nature reserves of Leudal and Meinweg. It does not breed in the United Kingdom, but it is a very rare immigrant. The species prefers drier areas, open ranges with shrubs and trees as well as open forests and warm, sunny slopes.
Phegea moth top view In english this specie is called the nine-spotted moth. This one lost one spot ;)

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Behavior

This species has one generation per year . Females lay eggs on a variety of herbs. The larvae hatch in early August and are polyphagous, feeding on a range of herbaceous plants . The caterpillar hibernates in a silken nest and pupates in May in cocoons on the ground. Adults of this diurnal moth fly on warm sunny days from late May to August, depending on location.
Nine-spotted moth  Amata phegea,Geotagged,Macedonia (FYROM),Nine-spotted moth

Habitat

The nine-spotted moth is chiefly found in southern Europe but also seen up to northern Germany, and in the east to Anatolia and the Caucasus, and there are some populations in the south-eastern Dutch nature reserves of Leudal and Meinweg. It does not breed in the United Kingdom, but it is a very rare immigrant. The species prefers drier areas, open ranges with shrubs and trees as well as open forests and warm, sunny slopes.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyErebidae
GenusAmata
SpeciesA. phegea