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Geometrid moth caterpillar

Geometrid moth caterpillar
Photo Information
Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-22 3:49
Viewed: 3042
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this brightly coloured and curious caterpillar in a dark shaded area of a plantation. Used ISO-800. also used noise filter SW (Neat image) to remove background noise. (First use of this new tool for me)

This is a Geometridae moth caterpillar most probably caterpillar of Dysphania militaris moth. It is also called Inch Worm because of its peculiar locomotion pattern.

The name Geometer (earth-measurer) refers to the means of locomotion of the larvae or caterpillars, which lack most of the prolegs of other Lepidopteran caterpillars. Equipped with appendages at both ends of the body, a caterpillar will clasp with its front legs and draw up the hind end, then clasp with the hind end (prolegs) and reach out for a new front attachment creating the impression that it is measuring its journey. The caterpillars are accordingly called loopers, spanworms, or inchworms. They tend to be green, grey, or brownish and hide from predators by fading into the background or resembling twigs. Some have humps or filaments. They are seldom hairy or gregarious. Typically they eat leaves. However, some eat lichen, flowers or pollen. Some, such as the Eupithecia, are even carnivorous.

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Hi Himanshu,
really interesting photo of this caterpillar. Amazing colours. Perfect composition.
Have a nice day,

nice colour and good composition of an interesting subject.
sharpness is little off.

Hi Himanshu,
Beautiful picture of this colorful caterpillar with good details & nice BG.
Well done & TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-22 11:12]

Hello Himanshu,
very good macro of this caterpillar very beautiful colours and POV good sharpness, nice details.Best regards Siggi

the composition and the colors are wonderful!
regards Himanshu

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-23 5:09]

Very colorful caterpillar, interesting patterns, well made image. tfs.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-01-23 11:04]

Just beautiful. Congratualation.

Hello Himanshu,
An Excellent capture of this Caterpillar with perfect details, diagonal pose, colours and a perfect POV.
Best regards,

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2012-02-10 7:34]

Hello, good close up of the caterpillar. I don't know about this SW filter but I'll look into it. Good notes to accompany the photo.
Have a great day,

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