Good shot! You've captured this sawfly larva well. Focus is spot on and there's plenty of detail. I'm undecided whether increasing the DOF to bring the whole leaf into focus would be good or not - as it stands there are some marginally distracting OOF highlights at the leading edge. Anyway, a very nice capture :-D
Note du photographe, en Anglais:
"Contrary to what you might think, this isn't a butterfly caterpillar, but the larvae of Nematus ribesii (Currant/Gooseberry Sawfly), which adopts this strange pose when threatened.
This insect is part of the Tenthredinidae family which has around a thousand species in Europe. The adult roughly resembles a wasp.
In this image, you can see it's almost eaten half a leaf! Understandably their appetites don't make them many friends, particularly not with the fruit growers ;)"
- softflower (0)
- [2005-08-09 17:10]
Belle macro Samuel, quelques reflets mais la photo est belle.
- hummingbird24 (64)
- [2005-08-09 19:04]
This is a wonderful and well captured photo, Samuel.
Details are great, colors vibrant, POV and DOF excellent.
I hope they don't migrate to Canada, we'd only like to see them from afar.
Well done and a belated welcome to TN!
- jossim (12636)
- [2005-08-09 22:34]
L'exposition et les couleurs sont parfaites.
Félicitations pour cette belle composition.
Merci pour l'envoie.
- manyee (23770)
- [2005-08-10 2:29]
The colors and general appearance of that larva are striking, Samuel. What a capture. Very interesting note as well. Great job and TFS. : )
- dew77 (13270)
- [2005-08-10 4:30]
Very nice capture.Vivid colors,clear details,POV,lighting and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)
- gypsy52 (0)
- [2005-08-10 7:03]
Hi Samuel, great shot of a fantastic looking larva. It looks like the tail resembles it's head, apparently to attract predators to that end, where any damage might not be fatal. Thanks for sharing it.
- ddg (5507)
- [2005-08-10 9:58]
Belle macro de larve Samuel avec une composition superbe. Mes félicitations Didier.
- japie (5187)
- [2005-08-10 11:58]
Excellent capture Samuel! I am just wondering why his backside is in the air:)
The sharpness and lighting is excellent, with a very good composition as well.