I'm unable to find another similar specie, from the pattern seems Loxostege sticticalis, but I see the colors are variable, maybe because the biodiversity.
The Italian Checklist:
Loxostege aeruginalis (Hübner, 1796) (N, Si)
Loxostege deliblatica Szent-Ivany & Uhrik-Meszaros, 1942 (N)
Loxostege manualis (Geyer, 1832)
Loxostege manualis manualis (Geyer, 1832) (N)
Loxostege scutalis (Hübner, 1813)
Loxostege sticticalis (Linnaeus, 1761) (N, S, Si, Sa) (*)
Loxostege turbidalis (Treitschke, 1829) (N)
Loxostege virescalis (Guenée, 1854) (N)
11.07.2013 - Padua - Northeast Italy
Thanks for the help!
Yes - good call Marcello - Loxostege sticticalis.
The two pale squarish and triangular marks near the front edge of the forewings are good characters.
It is a species that occurs in my garden here in Cyprus, though it is not common here.
L. manualis is the next-closest, but it is still distinctly different.
Thanks Mike, yes, they was the characters wich I based my ID.
I found it in my garden too, but it's the first time.
There is a lot of Cicada (like Cicada orni) in Cyprus, there are years that I'm trying to shot one!
If you 'keep an eye out' as we say in English (be watchful), you might find one during the day, resting somewhere you can photograph it, quite possibly on a tree trunk. In that situaution, its camouflage will make it difficult to see, but you may notice it flying to or from the place. I had that experience in Paphos, in a roadside garden. I was just lucky to notice it flying and watch it land on the trunk of a Jacaranda, where it seemed to almost disappear. It let me get close enough to photograph it, and I am very pleased with the result. Then it flew off. I was surprised how quietly it flew for so large an insect.
yes, sometimes I can see it but they are too far up, I have never been able to see one close up. Some time ago I saw some photos taken in Cyprus and other cities/parts of Greece, where the cicadas were also on the walls of the house, in the streets! Not to mention the Australian
Thanks for the info