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caterpillar of the cinnabar moth

caterpillar of the cinnabar moth
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Copyright: monique voorn schulz (movoschu) (178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-12
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-11-16 1:57
Viewed: 917
Points: 12
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The cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) is a brightly coloured arctiid moth, found in Europe and western and central Asia. It has been introduced into New Zealand, Australia and North America to control poisonous ragwort, on which its larvae feed. The moth is named after the red mineral cinnabar because of the red patches on its predominantly black wings. Cinnabar moths are about 20mm long and have a wingspan of 3242 mm (1.3-1.7 in).Females can lay up to 300 eggs, usually in batches of 30 or 60 on the underside of ragwort leaves. When the caterpillars (larvae) hatch they feed on the around the area of the hatched eggs but as they get bigger and moult (instars) they mainly feed on the leaves and flowers of the plant, and can be seen out in the open during the day.The larvae absorb toxic and bitter tasting alkaloid substances from the foodplants, and assimilate them, becoming unpalatable themselves.[1] The bright colours of both the larvae and the moths act as warning signs, so they are seldom eaten by predators. An exception is among different species of Cuckoo which eat hairy and poisonous caterpillars including cinnabar moth larvae.info:wikipedia

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-11-16 3:54]

Hallo Monique,
Erge mooie en scherpe foto van deze rupsjes. Jammer alleen dat de achtergrond erg afleidt. Die zou eigenlijk vervaagd moeten worden en de ruis moet er uit. Ik weet niet of je daar een programmaatje voor hebt als bijv. photoshop. Anders kun je gratis 'neat image' van internet downloaden. Prima compositie keuze trouwens.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-11-16 4:06]

Hi Monique,a top quality capture of these caterpillars,the sharpness is the best everywhere,not easy,and the colors are very bright despite the difficult light,useful post full of colors,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-11-16 19:13]

Hello Monique,
You have presented to us two very pretty caterpillars in super sharp focus. I have never seen this particular type before, they markings are quite lovely. Your BG is filled with beautiful colors as well and the exposure is great.

hallo Monique
Mooie foto met veel scherpte en prachtige kleuren
deze doen het altijd goed op foto
gr lou

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-11-17 23:27]

Hello Monique

Fantastic image of this arctiid under a very nice composition, great sharpness and details, great DOF, beautiful natural bright colors, nice POV.



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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-11-19 17:53]

These are interesting and unknown caterpillars to me.
Striking colors, splendid light, good sharpness.


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