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Beauty Begins Here


Beauty Begins Here
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Zeiss 2/9,7-48,5
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caterpillars [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-27 11:03
Viewed: 4494
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Something different for a change...
Last spring, looking for some wild orchids species in the hills, I saw a kind of very large cocoon suspended in a bush. There was a small hole from where caterpillars were coming in and out. Size was about 40cm long and 15cm wide. Curious about this nest, I used my swiss knife scissors to delicately make a small opening close to the top. I found caterpillars packed together, They didn't seem to be disturbed at all, and I guess they were able to repair the opening as well as they built the cocoon.
I don't know how many they were, but I would guess something between 50 an 80. Just 100 meters near that place, the same day, I found the bee swarm posted earlier.
First, I identified these as Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Aglaïs Urticae) larvae. Thanks to Philippe Moniotte (pgmoni on TN) comment, these are identified as "Small Eggar, Eriogaster lanestris, a moth that lives communally in a silk web from May to July . On Hawthorn and other shrubs". Thank you Philippe!
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Shot in TIFF mode, Auto ISO and white balance, auto exposure, spot metering. Little cropping on the sides. Levels, very little USM. Reduced to site size in jpg.

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To pgmoni: Thank you very much!JeanMichel 1 02-28 03:51
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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-02-27 11:39]
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Nice and interesting picture. I like the idea of capturing their crowded conditions inside the nest and their smooth skin texture is very evident. But this is NOT Aglais urticae. Much more likely the Small Eggar, Eriogaster lanestris, a moth that lives communally in a silk web from May to July . On Hawthorn and other shrubs.
A. urticae lives on the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica, hence its name)
Philippe

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-27 12:38]
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Pandora's Box :-) Great idea to capture crowd of it. Colorfull and hungry. It would be good idea to capture butterflies after transformation.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-27 12:43]
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Nice work Jean Michel, it shows us the less beautiful side of their life. Nice composition and very good detail.

Well done.

Great shot, very good details and note.
Well done.
TFS.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-02-27 14:28]
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Hej, Jean.
I like it this picture. Excellent colours and
very good details and sharpned. Interesting objec, very well done.
Regards.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-02-27 15:06]
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Your title is very fitting Jean. The shot is tack sharp with good DOF and POV. Good work.

Nice capture with very good sharpness on the larvae, good colours. I can see you have already been informed of the correct ID, so there's no need to tell you that those aren't small tortoiseshells after all ;-))

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-28 6:15]

Wow, Creepy stuff! :) Razorsharp details; you seem to have all caterpillars in focus. Excellent colors aswell. Well done and TFS! :)

I like the creepy crawllies. Nice composition and contrasts. Very sharp and interesting subject material. Excellent work.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-02-28 13:46]

Very well taken shot.Sharp and nice compostion .

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-09 23:52]

P)hoto très intéressante juxtaposée à ta note. Tu semble avoir une prédilection pour les colonies d'insectes si j'en juge par le lien que tu nous fournit ici.
J'aime beaucoup, Jean-Michel.
Merci

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-22 22:15]

Jean Michel, a very nice title to this very nice photo.

Sharpness is just perfect, as well as composition. Besides, vivid colors and effective blurred bg.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-08 1:43]

This is certainly a different kind of picture. It is very interesting to me to see new forms in nature, and your notes are informative. The photo itself is fantastic in its quality, with extra sharp details, excellent lighting, and intriguing composition. Thank you, jean-Michel.

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