|Copyright: Mehmet Hamurkaroglu (Hamurkaroglu)
|Date Taken: 2006-04-30|
|Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-05-09 4:19|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|A caterpillar is the larva form of a lepidopteran (a member of the insect order comprising butterflies and moths).|
Caterpillars have long segmented bodies. They have six legs, up to four pairs of prolegs on the middle segments of the abdomen, and sometimes a single pair of prolegs on the last abdominal segment. The sawfly larva (Hymenoptera) superficially resembles a caterpillar, but can usually be distinguished because the caterpillar has a gap between true legs and prolegs, whereas the sawfly does not. Another difference is that lepidopteran caterpillars have crochets or hooks on the prolegs. The gap between the prolegs and the true legs can vary from a slight gap in some species to a large gap in families such as the geometridae. The geometrids, also known as inchworms or loopers, are so named because of the way they locomote, appearing to measure the earth (the word 'geometrid' means 'earth-measurer' in Greek).
Caterpillar of the monarch butterflyCaterpillars do not breathe through their mouths. Air enters their bodies through a series of small tubules along the sides of their thorax and abdomen. These tubules are called 'spiracles', and inside the body they connect together into a network of airtubes.
Caterpillars do not have very good eyesight or senses. Rather than having fully-developed eyes they have a series of six tiny eyelets or 'stemmata' on the lower portion of their head. They rely on their antennae to help them locate food.
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- [2006-05-09 4:58]
Very beautiful caterpillar!
Very good on details!
Good DOF too!
No idea about the specie that it belongs to.
- [2006-05-09 7:33]
What a nice and interesting caterpillar that you have very well captured ! Caterpillars sometime are incredible by their shape or color, like this one. I also appreciate the complementary note...
Congratulations Mehmet and thanks for sharing.
Very colourful caterpillar, Mehemet. Likely to turn into an equally colourful butterfly later, I'm sure.
The image is rich in details.