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Caterpillar Eumorpha Fasciatus

Caterpillar Eumorpha Fasciatus
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Copyright: Ricardo Tames Vargas (RII) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F828, Carl Zeiss T* 28-200, CompactFlash 256 MB, Kenko Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CATERPILLARS OF AMERICA, 40-49 points, 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), 90-99 Puntos (chapter 1) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-04 3:46
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Caterpillar Eumorpha Fasciatus.

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Superclass : Hexapoda
Class : Insecta
Subclass : Pterygota
Order : Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily : Bombycoidea
Family : Sphingidae (Sphinx or Hawk Moths)
Subfamily : Macroglossinae
Tribe : Macroglossini
Genus : Eumorpha
Species : Fasciata (Banded Sphinx)

Wingspan 8.7-9.6 cm ,the adult of the banded sphinx moth are brightly colored, heavy-bodied moths. Their wings are held flat at rest forming a rough triangular shape. Wings are relatively long and slender. Color pattern is unique being composed of a series of lines that vary in color from beige, to pink, to black. Eggs are deposited on leaves.

Larvae are hairless and have a stiff pointed process on the posterior end of the abdomen (hence the name "hornworm"). The color of the larva is variable and can range from green to pink. Green forms tend to rest on the underside of leaves while the pink form can be found on the stem.

The larvae pupate either in the soil or among leaf litter. The pupa is not covered by a protective cocoon and is typically dark brown in color.

Feeding Damage:
The larvae are voracious feeders of the leaves. Younger instars form irregular holes when present in low numbers. This species is capable of severe defoliation when present in high population numbers.

Plant Host(s):
Ludwigia octovalis.

Old fields, nearby woodlands with hostplant.

Life Cycle:
Larvae feed on Evening Primrose, Oenothera species, and Water Primrose, Ludwigia species.

Southeastern United States into tropics.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-04 3:51]
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Hello Ricardo,
Wonderful close up.I liked POV,clear details,sharpness,colors,dark BG,contrast and composition a lot.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-04 4:07]

Hi Ricardo,

A very colorfull presentation,I like the contrasts between the red green and black in this compo,very well done,



Hi Ricardo,
Excellent presentation of this caterpillar. Sharp and crisp clear picture. Composition and pov are great. Very well done.

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-08-04 4:29]

Hello Ricardo!
Fantastic shot, superb colours and contrasting bg!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-04 5:16]

Nice caterpillar, she has a lovely look. The head is at left ? Colors are vivid, the contrast on black BG works well. Sharpness and exposure are very good. Perhaps more in diagonal for the composition...
Congratulations Ricardo and TFS.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-08-04 6:06]

Hello Ricardo,
Fascinating shot, colours, details. Great composition.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-04 7:27]

Wow... muy largo, muy gordo y muy feo... pero la imagen es muy bella Ricardo.
Excelente POV con perfecta nitidez y un colorido muy llamativo, sobre todo obteniendola con el uso del flash.
El contraste logrado con el fondo es espectacular... realmente.
Saludos... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-04 7:30]

Hola Ricardo,
Una composición excelente, con líneas horizontales y colores limpios y bien contrastados. Una forma original y estética de presentar a este bello gusano.
Un saludo,
José M.

Hello Richardo, excllent colors, and BG, Perfect DOF great details, Veryc crisp, excllent work, TFS Kyle

Hi Ricardo,
A excellent macro shot. Great lighting. The fill flash exposure looks perfect, and it did a great job creating the dark backround. Beautiful colors and sharp detail. Looks great!

hi rii
only a word: perfect.
superflous added other.

bye mario

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-04 15:43]

Hello Ricardo,
this looks sharp! The colors look excellent against the black BG. Wonderful horizontal lines with great details.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-04 16:20]

marvelous shot Ricaro,
it's fine to have you back, a very good compositionm good in pov and a marvelous job well done,my friend.
gr, jaap

Hi Ricardo
Belle presentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition
J'apprecie le beau BG.
au revoir et merci....JP

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-08-04 22:30]

Hi Ricardo,
Very nice shot! Good lighting, great black background, well framed.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ricardo !
Very beautiful caterpillar ! Its color is really amazing ! Sharpness, details and textures ont the skin are excellent, as well as the composotion, the POV and the black BG which highlights the caterpillar very nicely. Very well done !

Hi Ricardo,
Just time for a very quick visit. Very busy day.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Have a great weekend.

Hi Ricardo,
Excellent close-up.
Superb sharp, details, colors and composition.
Very well done!!!
TFS Malgosia

Hello Ricardo!
You achieved nice contrast of the red and green against the black. Such solution to messy backgrounds not always works out right but in this case I like the result very much. Good POV and framing. Saludos,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-05 6:43]

Hi Ricardo
Great close-up shot. Good colours, light, sharpnes, BG and POV. Also good note.
Well done mf


Hello Ricardo,
Nice sharp detail with good color..
Very good DOF, and use of flash. Excellent notes..The black BG works nicely here as well :)
Well done!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-05 10:55]

Amazing caterpillar. The colours and markings are wonderful. Great POV and I love the dark BG

opps PT all out today

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-08-05 13:42]

Hello Ricardo,
Very good closeup with wonderful background.
Great color.


Hi Ricardo,
Superb close up shot of this caterpillar. Very sharp and clear, with superb details. Nicely composed and great dark BG. Have a nice weekend and don't work too hard...

Ben Lakitan

Hello Ricardo,
Very eye-catching colours in your little friend here!
Interesting composition, good macro work with superb details and great clarity in colours...
Pablo -

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-06 16:26]

Hi Ricardo, Great close-up. Excellent details well exposed colours. The dark background works very well and shows the colours brilliantly. Very well done and TFS.

Hola Ricardo,
Esta me recuerda a la serie de orugas que retrataste hace unos meses.
la imagen muestra en todo sus detalles a la oruga. Los colores saturados son muy buenos y el fondo oscuro ayuda mucho a que se destaque. Acompañada por una excelente nota.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-07 3:52]

Absolutely outstanding sharpness and colours and BG and composition and .. ... what more can I say? Phenomenal
Silke (back later with :)

Hi Ricardo,

A very nice picture. A beautiful creature, against a lovely black backgroud. I really like that. Well done.


Excellent macro shot, the details and colors are fantastic on this colorful insect. :)

Wow! excellent capture, with such a beautiful colour and composition...
Nicely done...

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-08-13 16:25]

Hy Ricardo!
Excelent catch, so wonderful collours, orange and green combination! Beautiful and also so sharp and clean! I like this white spots on stick and repeating samples!
Well done and TFS!

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-08-18 14:16]

Excelente macro...!!! Muito boas cores. Boa composição. Excelente nitidez. Trabalho magnífico!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-08-19 23:50]

Hola Ricardo,
Excellent caterpillar close-up.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,colors,note and lighting.Well Done.TFS

Hello Ricardo,

Excellent close-up.
Perfect details, colors, light and compo.
Very good POV and DOF.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

Gorgeous little caterpillar!
Such beautiful and unusual colors. Outstanding composition.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


As cores, perspectiva, detalhes e nota estão muito bons! Fica bem ana:)

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-08-26 10:05]

Bonjur Ricardo,
Point de vue technique, cette photo est très réussie.
Et vous mettez bien en valeur le sujet, un insecte extraordinaire par ses couleurs et le graphisme de son corps.
Le fond noir est un très bon choix. Merci pour cette photo et la note qui l'accompagne.


De las macro de orugas que me gustan !!!!,
(tengo alguna Eumorpha para publicar ...)

Hola Ricardo!
Que cores!!! Perfeita composição e cores realmente incríveis!
Ótima fotografia!!!

Hi Ricardo,
It look great. Excellent presentation of this caterpillar. Sharp and crisp clear picture. Composition and pov are great. Very well done.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-02 11:49]

Hello Ricardo,
Magnificent close up.Details are amazing.I liked POV,exposure,framing and composition also a lot.TFS

bonjour ricardo
avec ce BG noir les couleurs de cette chenille ressortent a merveille; felicitation.

Hello Ricardo,
a most impressing, extremely well detailed, perfectly lighted portrait of afascinating caterpillar. Top quality contribution. My congratulations!
With all my best wishes,

Hello Ricardo,
great macro with beautiful sharpness and colours!

Best regards, Leonid


very nice picture with great colours and sharpness,

well done

regards Stef

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