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Orgyia antiqua

Orgyia antiqua
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-23 11:23
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This spectacular caterpillar was eating leaves of Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). It was the first time I met it.

Orgyia antiqua Linnaeus, 1758
Family : Lymantriidae
Common names : Rusty Tussock Moth, Vapourer [En], Etoilée, Bombyx étoilé, Bombyx antique [Fr], Schlehen-Bürstenspinner [De], Bombice antico [It], Witvlakvlinder [Nl]

This hairy caterpillar is spectacular, with "humps", "horns" and a "tail" in a combination of dark grey, red and yellow. There are 4 toothbrush-like tufts along the back, and hair pencils that project from the sides at the front and at the back. The body is dark grey to black, and there are red tubercules along the sides and back. They have defensive glands at the back, and wipe their setae against them to charge them with toxins. They grow to about 30–40 mm, females being considerably larger than males. In the UK, caterpillars can be found between May and early September.
It feeds on a wide range of broad-leaved trees and shrubs, and may reach pest proportions in forests and cities.
They are easily recognized by their horn-like tufts of hair-like setae.
Distribution: native to Europe, but now has a transcontinental distribution in the Palaearctic and the Nearctic regions.

Wikipedia/Orgyia antiqua

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Bonsoir Catherine,
Bravo, ta photo est superbe...
Détails, finesse, couleurs... une grande réussite.
j'ai pensé au départ à un Dragon des festivités asiatiques...
Merci pour cette découverte

HI Catherine,
I love this crazy caterpillar so much, also had them in my garden last year.
Your shot is excellent, we can see the wonderful details very well.
Thanks and warm regards
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Catherine. An outstanding perfect macro shot. Impressive details and superb contrast. So very well done MF!


nice caterpillar, TFS Ori

Hi dear,

Congrats on this 1st on TN!
Incredible close-up! The colours look nice and natural, well balanced exposure too. The BG seems to compliment it well.
TFS and have a nice night dear!


Hello Catherine, a very colourful well presented image in a perfect setting.Nice note.
Best wishes

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-08-23 23:12]

Hi Catherine,

this fellow, i have him seen also once in my life and here on TN been placed for a year ago or something.
This are an interesting moth, the woman lives one day to mating and producing eggs.
Great pov and dof with exellent bg.
It looks the yellow colour are a little overexpoxed?
Fine colours.

Here the link


Hello Catherine,

He is certainly a colourful little fellow, with very lovely markings which show up so well against the olive BG; and those bristles on the caterpillar are spectacular. Even the hairs on the leaf are excellent. Excellent work.

Warm wishes, Amelia

Hi Catherine. Excellent close shot. nice pov and pose.
Details and composition are wonderful.
TFS. Kind regards,

Hi Catherine,
A nice capture of this Vapourer moth's caterpillar. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Catherine, really a specatular caterpillar with fantastic colors, excellent blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-24 3:02]

Hi Catherine,je me souvien bien de cette Orgya,quand je l'avais catpuree' il y a 2 ans j'ai cherche' son nom pour plusieures heures avant de le trouver...eehe...la photo est magnifique,pas facile un focus si parfaite sour tout le suject,mes plus gros compliments pour l'excellente saturation aussi,bonne journee',LUCIANO

hello Catherine
very nice pose with good details and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hallo Catherine
Worth more than the saying: "Coffee table book quality material". Par excellence indeed! Stunning details captured not only on the fine features of this beautiful caterpillar, but also the wonderful combination of colours and details on the body. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Catherine,
Good capture and composition, sharpness and details very nice.
Ciao, Melania.

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