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Large Emerald

Large Emerald
Photo Information
Copyright: Alina Kol (Alutka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon 60 mm f 2,8 EF-S
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-07 10:23
Viewed: 3035
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Large Emerald, (Geometra papilionaria), is a moth, the type specimen for the family Geometridae. It is found throughout the Palearctic region and the Near East.

This is a large and attractive species, as the specific name suggests very butterfly like, with a wingspan of 50-65 mm.
Newly emerged adults are bright green with darker green and white fascia, though the green colouration fades after a few days. It flies at night from June to August and is attracted to light.

The larva is brown at first, turning green later, and feeds mainly on birch though it has also been recorded on alder, beech, hazel and rowan. The species overwinters as a larva.


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Hello Alina,
I think it's a eloquent picture (which is difficult to do with a caterpillar) I think the flash lighting is appropriate and provides excellent details of this specimen. I disagree a little with the blur in the foreground (bottom) because I think it is not appropriate if intended to show the structure of the caterpillar completely. It would be appropriate to include the EXIF of the photos in order to make more specific comments.
Regards, Jesús

  • Noisette Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
  • [2010-05-08 13:51]

hello Alina
nice to see a new post from you, and a very beautiful shot as always,
excellent sharpness and superb contrast between the black BG and the soft green color of the larva, nice pose too
Have a great sunday

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