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Caucasian Sphinx.

Caucasian Sphinx.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-08-12
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-02-10 12:08
Viewed: 1345
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hyles euphorbiae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Spurge Hawk-Moth, Caterpillar.

The caterpillar is filling its stomach to become a Spurge Hawkmoth by the end of summer. Feeding on a poisonous plant, the caterpillar is showing conspicuous colours (aposematic colours) that should warn predators to avoid a highly toxic meal. Not enough, at the end of its back there is a conspicuous horn, red at the base and black at the tip - harmless but looking very scary.

Seen in dry mountain meadows above the village of Stepanzminda at an elevation of 1800m above sea level in front of magnificent Mount Kazbek (5047m), one of the Caucasian chain's most impressing peaks.

Thank you.

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To Hormon_Manyer: background ... overexposedpeter_stoeckl 1 03-01 10:33
To Hotelcalifornia: pinkish skypeter_stoeckl 1 03-01 10:21
To anel: Herzliche Grüsse ...peter_stoeckl 1 03-01 10:06
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-02-10 15:27]
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Hi Peter,it's very curious to know that you been in Georgia in the same week of me! I taken a lot of butterflies but not this beautiful caterpillar. A magnificent macro very sharp and bright with a wonderful blurred background of Caucasus. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-02-11 7:02]

A class shot, here we have caterpillar like this just after spring and here the background mountain makes this more mysterious, nice catch.

Hello 👋 Peter,
Beautiful picture of this Caterpillar 🐛 again such beautiful dramatic peak. I like its composition as well as details on Fern and Caterpillar 🐛. Sky looks bit pinkish 🤔..... Sunset colour! Otherwise nice presentation ☺
Thanks for sharing your work with us 😊
Regards and have a great week 😊

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2018-02-11 9:46]
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Hallo Peter.
Durch Zufall hab ich wieder mal die TN Seite angeklickt und sehe sofort das mit bekannte Bild. Es gefällt mir sehr, hat auch deine typische Signatur.
Lese, dass Luciano in der selben Woche wie du in Georgien war..scheint wirklich eine interessante Destination zu sein.
So schön wieder ein Bild von dir hier zu sehen, freut sicher viele..
Herzliche Grüsse aus dem trüben Bern

Peter, what a pleasant surprise to see your work after such a long time!
This is a picture so beautiful it reminds me of the glorious era of TN when world-class nature photographers like you were still active.
Hope you resume posting again.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2018-02-13 17:46]

What a picture, Peter, masterfully taken with such a DoF.
Aesthetic composition, with the best sharpness and exposure.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2018-02-15 2:18]

Hi Peter.
What a great picture of this Hyles! Excellent background with the mountain.
I like it.

Hi Peter,
I'm very glad you're posting again, and as you said, you'll visit the site more regularly. At the same time, thank you very much for visiting my gallery, and for your nice words. Your photo's fantastic, with proper exposure, beautiful colors and perfect sharpness on both the caterpillar and the greenery. Background, although a little bit overexposed, is very interesting also, with various layers of the faraway mountains. The overexposion even helps to isolate the main subject and to gain all the viewer's attention on it. A masterpiece! Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2018-03-03 8:59]

Hallo Peter,
Very nice shot of this Spurge Hawk Moth caterpillar ..
Beautiful colours, great sharpness and a fine composition.
best wishes,

The mountainous background out of focus gives us an idea of where this caterpillar was found without distracting from the view of the insect itself. Great composition. We occasionally find somewhat similar caterpillars in Maryland, looking like something from a sci-fi movie!

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