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Moth caterpillar

Moth caterpillar
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Copyright: Oz Ben Yehuda (OzBY) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-11
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 17:50
Viewed: 4861
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This moth caterpillar belong to the saturniidae (Emperor) moths. It flies only in Madagascar.
Wingspan: about 160 m"m.
Females attract the males with aromatic pheromone and the male with its thick antenna can smell the female from few kilometers. Its forewings are brown-yellow with 2 small eyes and the hindwings are brown-pink with 2 big eyes covered by a mask.
The caterpillar feeds on Oleander and other tropical shrubs.
Caterpillar length is about 80 m"m and the pupa covered with thin cocoon.

The picture was taken in day time with macro lens +5 and external flash.

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I do not like moths, but this little creature I like. Excellent picture!

Wow, what lovely close up of colorful insect. Love composition and nice bg. well done.

Very nice and sharp moth!
TFS Laurent

Wonderfully shown with amazing colours.
Black BG is a jewel to the shot.
Nice focus with lot of details.
Composition.....hmmmm.....Something different with a different POV too could have been done with this nice creature.

Hi Oz, beautiful shot :)

Great shot. Very nice and sharp picture. TFS.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-12 10:02]

Very beautiful caterpillar!
Never saw it in Portugal.
Excelent details and colors!

Hi Oz,
this is a wonderful coloured caterpillar. I like it. Well done and TFS.

This is an excellent shot! everything about it is perfect. Paul :)

Nice subject. Very sharp picture, well composed. Nice colors. Yet the background is not vey natural (but it helps to enhance the colors). TFS

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-07-21 12:37]

Hi Oz.
Fantastic macro, excellent sharpness details, great contrast and colors,great great photo.
Good note.


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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-10-06 5:56]

Bardzo interesujacy ten robal. Wyglada niesamowicie. A moze to przybysz z kosmosu?
Wspaniale kolory i detale.


Hello Oz.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Dear Oz!
At first I have to say that I have never seen such caterpillar before. Moreover, this one is really great - green with orange spins and black "BG" ;)
Very well done!
TFS and have a nice weekend,

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