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Cucullia convexipennis larva

Cucullia convexipennis larva
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-07 6:37
Viewed: 2563
Points: 12
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Perhaps the most striking in color of our North American caterpillars, ironically these turn into the rather drab, ordinary looking Brown-hooded Owlet moth. Unfortunately (and if you look closely) this particular caterpillar will not reach the next stage in life as a Tachinid fly's own larvae can already be seen starting to consume it.

The Brown-hooded Owlet or Brown-bordered Cucullia (Cucullia convexipennis) is a species of moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in the north-eastern parts of the United States and adjacent parts of Canada.

The wingspan is 40-50 mm. The length of the forewings is 19-23 mm. The moth flies from May to September depending on the location.

The larvae feed on Aster, Solidago and Callistephus chinensis.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Cucullia
Species: C. convexipennis


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-07 7:11]

Hi Derek,magnificent capterpillar! I like the beautiful design,and your perfect pic is the best way to look at it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Derek,
what a nice caterpillar. Amazing colours. Very good point of view.
Have a nice weekend,

a beautiful coloured caterpillar have you here
great sharpness and good details
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Derek, fantastic catarpillar with wonderful colors, good DOF, fine details and splenddi sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Derek,
Remarkable photo with exceptional clarity and details. Wonderful sharpness and nice contrast against the blurry green-blue background. Excellent clarity and very good shoot from low POV. Very interesting capture with this lovely caterpillar.

amazing Cucullia paterpillar, TFS Ori

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