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Orgyia josephina larva

Orgyia josephina larva
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-15
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-17 6:34
Viewed: 4358
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Orgyia (Clethrogyna) josephina Astaut 1880. Larva top view. In my WS you can see the side view of the larva and the cocoon.

Orgyia josephina is a small yellowish moth of the Lymantriidae family. It is very similar to the species Orgyia (Clethrogyna) dubia (Tauscher 1806).
According to Fauna Europae(www.faunaeur.org/index.php) the taxonomy of the dubia-group is still unclear. Very often any specimen with yellowish hindwings is identified as dubia, which is a geographic variable eastern species distributed from Southern Europe and North Africa to as far east as Mongolia and China. It is unknown how many species of this complex really exist.

Fauna Europaea gives for Cyprus the species Orgyia josephina Astaut 1880 but for the areas around Cyprus (Egypt and the Middle East) gives the species Orgyia dubia (Tauscher 1806).
Orgyia josephina is also known from Algeria and Morocco (P. Leraut 2006, Moths of Europe Volume 1)

The male of Orgyia Josephina (and Orgyia dubia) is a small day flying moth with a wingspan of 18-25mm. It has a characteristic yellowish colour with black markings. The female is vermiform (without wings and without legs).

The larva is very characteristic with tufts of white, yellow and black hair. The host plants are various low-growing plants usually in saline areas.

The larva constructs a prominent cocoon on low vegetation where it pupates. The female mates and lays eggs in her cocoon.

In Cyprus Orgyia Josephina is a locally common species found mainly around the two salt-lakes at Larnaka and Akrotiri.

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Hello Christodoulos,
Another superb macro with great focus and very good clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
It is a splendid caterpillar with razor sharp details and impressive colors.
Interesting hairy body.
Thanks for sharing!

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Magnifique macro de cette chenille. Détails impressionnants et les couleurs sont vraiment magnifiques.

A stunning macro with the most beautiful colours on this Caterpillar, Chris.

Hi Chris,

Awesome macro shot of this beautiful caterpillar with amazing details & colors.
Well captured from a good POV & great sharpness. Well done & TFS.

hello Christodoulos
this is a beauty of a caterpillar
with great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Chris, Great picture with all the elements, incredible work here my friend and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-17 8:07]

Hi Chris!
What a spectacular capture! Light is wonderful and details amazing. Great BG.
A gorgeous composition, my friend!
Ciao! Vanda

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2011-10-17 8:50]

Hello, Superb closeup of the caterpillar. Very useful notes. The colors are rich and wonderful.
I learned alot about this creature from them.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-17 9:00]

Wonderful image of this larva,Christodoulos!!
Fantastic sharpness, detail and light. Great composition and splendid colours. Very well done!!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-17 9:16]

Hi Christodoulos,
Splendid photo of this carterpillar, great sharp and colorful details, very nice composition too, TFS!

Hello Christodoulos,
A beautiful diagonal composition taken from perfect POV with great sharp details and nice colours. I also like the clear BG. Well done!

Hi Christodoulos.
Amazing colours and composition. Perfect photo of this caterpillar. Great sharpness and details.
Have a nice week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-17 10:47]

Hello Christodoulos.
What a great looking caterpillar! I love the colors. Such a good macro that every hair stands out. Excellent diagonal composition and background. I am really impressed with this one.Best regards Siggi

Excellent detail on this fantastic caterpillar.
Perfect light and good background. A most beautiful and interesting species. regards yiannis

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-17 12:21]

Hi Chris,
Nice and ugly caterpillar.Nice colours good composition and perfectly sharpness details.Good blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Christodoulos, great macro of beautiful catarpillar with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness and splendid details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

brilliant shot Christodoulos! Impressive caterpillar !
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-17 15:06]

Spectacular pic my friend! What a beautiful choice of this high point of view and what a fantastic result,super sharpness,details and colors,a very rare specie,very interesting,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hallo Christodoulos,
two superb macros of this interesting spectacular caterpillar, outstanding shapness and fantastic colours, point of view, depth of field and composition are excellent
Best regards

Hello Christodoulos
I hope you are doing well. I see you have been out at Akrotiri
and taken a very fine shot, this larva is beautiful both in the colours and pattern, the "fur" seems very soft.The main subject stands out well from the blurry BG.
As usual a very fine picture my friend

Tomorrow 1810 I will leave Stockholm on my was to Cyprus and after short stop-over in Munich we will bi Larnaca 0150 local time.

Best Regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-18 4:02]

Hello Christodoulos,
Both images of this spectacular caterpilllar are excellent, I even prefer the one in the WS. Amazing creature, looks like a beautiful colored brush.
The Lymantriidae caterpillars are very special, we have some very similar species in Switzerland. As usual perfectly shown picture, here with a well chosen diagonal composition.
Kind regards

Hello Christodoulos,
An impressive close-up of this beautiful Caterpillar, very good clarity sharpness, beautiful colours and great composition, an excellent captured!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-18 13:50]

Slav Christodoulos,
What an impressive macro shot with excellent details.The colours,sharpness and composition are wonderful...
Have a nice day!...

No dejas de sorprendernos dia a dia Cristodoulus, bien
sea por un ave o como en esta ocasión por una oruga.
Buen ángulo, encuadre y captura de los colores. Interesante especie.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-18 18:49]

Hello Christodoulos,
I am always fascinated by the many different shapes, colors and features of caterpillars throughout the world. This one is simply gorgeous with it's many contrasting colors and unique markings. Definitely a new one for me, so I'm sure glad you posted it. Great work!!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-18 19:37]

Hello Chris!
Impressive shot showing this amazing caterpillar.A very interesting pic.Bravo!The sharpness is fabulous! Wow! TFS
Regards from,

PS: thnaks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-19 2:57]

Hello Christodoulos,
this is a real fascinating shot. The diagonal framing is so wonderful in giving an impressive view. Your sharpness and clarity really bring the real beauty into being.
Well done.


congratulations for this wonderful capture Chris, excellent colors and details, wonderful caterpillar too,

have a good day,

ciao, tino

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent macros of this insect, love more the one
on the WS, shot with fine POVs, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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