Red underwing moth in flight

Red underwing moth in flight

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Red underwing moth. High-speed photograph of the red underwing moth (Catocala nupta) in flight. This moth displays mimicry to protect itself from predators. It has streaked brown forewings so that when the wings are folded like a roof over the body they blend with tree truck on which the moth is settled. The hindwings on the other hand are vividly coloured with red and black bands. These serve to startle and confuse predators when the wings are suddenly flashed open. This moth is found in the temperate regions of Europe and Asia.

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Keywords: animal, catocala nupta, high-speed photo, in flight, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mimicry, moth, nature, red underwing, red underwing moth, type, wildlife, zoology

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