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magpie Moth Caterpillar

magpie Moth Caterpillar
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100, Cokin 58mm close-up +4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-04-22 16:54
Viewed: 4086
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well according to the books this Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulaiata) caterpillar is a little early it still being April. Normaly May is when the emerge from over wintering as a caterpillar, having hatched late in the summer. they then procced to eat them selves silly on a wild variety of hedge row plants, but what they really love is soft fruit bushes such as fruiting currant and Gooseberries which can be stripped of leaves making this not welcome in the garden. The distinctive black with yellow striped chrysalis is to be found tied down with silk to the surface of a leaf in early July emerging in Late July -August and is to be seen on the wing in Day light and is the same colour as the caterpillar, basically white but splashed /spotted with black yellow and oranges.
The caterpillar is what the americans call an Inch worm and we call Looper caterpillar. This is because it only has 2 pairs of Prolegs at the rear so to move it grips the branch with the front legs the makes an arch with it's body. grabs the branch with the prolegs and releases with the 6 normal ones and reaches forward to full stretch, and keeps doing this making a series of loops.
Hope you like.

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Sympa cette photo Robert, cette chenille se tortillant est magnifique.
I have post a Workshop for you to reduce noise with a NeatImage plugin.
Felicitations !

Very nice composition.
Very sharp.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-22 23:54]

Nice macro Robert of the caterpillar. Very close and sharp. Amazing colours and details, I'm impressed with it. It is really good. TFS.

He is beautiful Robert,
This is a very good macro shot, the details are fantastic, the pov is nice and the dof is good, the colours are spectaculair, good note to, very good job my friend.
gr. Jaap

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-04-23 2:42]

A very good shot, Robert.
Razorsharp details, colours, lighting, composition, all is spot on.
Very well done indeed.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-23 3:05]

Beautiful caterpillar. The colors on it are just gorgeous. Very sharp details, great exposure and composition. TFS, Robert.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-23 4:08]

Great shot Robert!
Colors,details,sharpness and composition are excellent.I have also some catarpillar shots but not
not such condition.
Very well done!TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-23 4:29]

Belle et intéressante macro pour cette superbe chenille qui a une position amusante et de jolies couleurs. Bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien adaptée.
Well Done !!!

Une chenille très photogénique, j'adore ces insectes, tellement étranges... jolies couleurs et bonne netteté


Superb caterpillar macro!
Details,colors and composition are perfect!

Awesome macro Robert. Look at all the little hairs on the body. The sharpness and clarity is superb. Lots of colour here too. Very nice composition. Thanks

Great detail and color in this macro shot, Robert. What huge eyes. I hope he wasn't in your garden.
A very interesting note as well. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-23 10:48]

Wow! Rob, this is great!! Great pose, good details, wonderful colors. Well done & TFS!

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-04-23 14:24]

You hope I like it?...I love it! What a wonderful macro of this very flamboyant cat. The colors are really rich! Detail is amazing.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-23 16:45]

Very good macro, Robert. Fantastic sharpness.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-23 18:07]

What a nice macro robert, i like the detail & dof, great colours and sharpness you did a great work, thank you for the note !



Wow, have you done a great job with this one, Rob! Can feel the texture of that caterpillar!The shine in his eyes matches that on the leaves of the plant. Most impressive shot!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-24 14:11]
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Wonderful close-up Robert. PoV is very nice like the details and color. Curve of the caterpillar adds a lot to the composition.
good job.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-24 16:58]
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Great macro. Interesting position of the caterpillar. Very pretty colours. The workshop with the noise cleaner works wonders.

Ack, I know I posted a critique on this but it is not here, I must be doing something wrong...but you are doing everything right Robert :). Lovely image and useful notes too, thank you for posting. Reminds me of the Mullein moth (for the white with black splotches) but I just checked one of my books and it seems they are not related.

Crazy looking catapillar Rob. Exellent composition and POV. Light is handled well. Nice one.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-25 20:30]
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Personal assessment of the photo: more than great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Robert. I like the 'n' of the caterpillar.

This one has a lovely look to it, Robert. I enjoy the "cats" but don't seem to get them in the wild. Technical... not nits just wish it was mine. :)

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-04-26 13:32]
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Careful on the u-bend - a very nice and pleasing compo, vivid colours and strong position in the frame, details are excellent, a beaut, TFS Robert.

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-25 13:06]

Very beautiful caterpillar!
Very good definition and colors!
5* photo!

This is an excellent shot, and what a great subjet to, the caterpillars markings and patterns are incredible. Paul :)

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