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Erannis defoliaria

Erannis defoliaria
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Copyright: Ozgur Kocak (Ozgur70) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 11 N: 280] (4568)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-15 14:15
Viewed: 2661
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mottled Umber

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Erannis
Species: E. defoliaria (Clerck, 1759)

The Mottled Umber (Erannis defoliaria) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is a common species throughout the Palearctic region and the Near East.

The female of this species is wingless and rather spider-like and can be found on the trunks and stems of its larval food plants. The male is fully winged (wingspan 40–45 mm) and very variable. The ground colour of the forewings varies from pale cream to brown with brown to black basal area and a broad band in the same colour. The hindwings are whitish. Truly melanic forms are also frequent. As with the Peppered Moth, the darker forms tend to be prevalent in industrial areas. The adults are active from September to December and the males are attracted to light.

The larva is also very variable from cream to dark brown. It feeds on a wide variety of trees and shrubs and can be a serious pest in orchards. The species overwinters as an egg.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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great colourful capture, TFS Ori

Hello Ozgur,
fine capture of this caterpillar with good sharpness and a nicely blurred background. I especially like the beautiful colours and the fantastic pose.
Best wishes,

  • Great 
  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-05-15 22:08]

Hi Özgür,
Amazing detail and colour rendering from this bf to become, .., timing of capture seems judicious and the shot perfectly achieved, .. great image indeed


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-15 23:58]

Beautiful and colorful image of this lovely moth caterpillar. tfs.

very nice caterpillar, excellent moment, very nice colors and details, congrats Ozgur for the picture, many thanks for help too,

ciao, tino

fantastic shot, congratulation

Ciao Ozgur. One of the best pic of caterpillar recently seen. Stunning detaisl and sharp against the blurred BG. Brilliant colours. Best compliments.


Hello Ozgur
this is a super good sharpness picture
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Ozgur, great macro of fantastic catarpillar, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Waooo ! fantástica Ozgur !

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