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Suspected Orange Underwing

Observed: 20th March 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates

Another critter from our recent New Forest expedition; this got me all in a flutterby, and turned out to be a moth - an Orange Underwing, I suspect. Not that I don't find moths exciting, you understand. ;-)

Species interactions

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Species with which Orange Underwing (Archiearis parthenias) interacts


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orange underwing

Great shot ,I have never been lucky enough to see one .

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Thanks, Paul. As you can tell from my comments I'm no moth expert. I do like to see them when I can, though. It's all about time and place with everything, isn't it?


Martin Harvey's picture

orange underwings

Agree it is a lovely photo of a moth that is not easy to see, at least not at rest like this, and showing off its hindwings so well.

The Light Orange Underwing is very similar, and the clearest distinguishing marks are on the undersides of the hind wings, but given the very fresh, bright fore-wing markings of this one I think it must be Orange Underwing.

Entomologist and biological recorder

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Very Useful ...

... observations, Martin - thank you. We were clearly fortunate enough to be in the same sunny forest clearing that appealed to this individual to sun itself (carefully avoiding any gender pronouns).