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Hyalophora cecropia

Hyalophora cecropia
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1971
Categories: Insects
Camera: Edixa-Mat Reflex B, Zeiss Tessar 40 mm, Agfa color 100
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 12:10
Viewed: 4633
Points: 14
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Cecropia V:
This is the last of the Cecropia (Saturniidae; Hyalophora cecropia; Cecropia moth) series, the shots were taken in Bryan/Texas. The adult male moth is emerging from the pupal cuticle, metamorphosis achieved.

The animal was raised in a cage, the pupa freed from it's silk cocoon. I used a bellow, a tripod and a flash from the side as well as a reflector on the other side. The slide has been scanned. With PS the supporting stick for the pupa was removed to make the animal seem to hover. The background was desaturized, the pic slightly sharpened.

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Hi dear Dietrich ,
great image with excellent focus.
great colors.
well exposed.
thanks and regards

Hi Dietrich
Beautifu moment. Fantastic idea. Great treknature educational shot. Maybe you could make some noise rueduction
Best wishes

Hello Dietrich!
Another very interesting picture. As always also this time it has a educational value, even if (just like cataclysta said) the noise reduction would be nice :)
Anyway, how did you take this picture? Does this pupa lie on the blue BG or not?
Best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-31 14:43]

This looks very interesting Dietrich. And I like how we can see the antennae too. TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-31 19:40]

Hello Dietrich
Interesting Shot
Great POV and DOF, good pose, details and sharpness. TFS

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-31 19:52]
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Hi Dietrich,
I can't say that it is pretty, but what an amazing moment you have captured here and so perfect for TrekNature!
I showed my wife. She said, "Woah! How cool!"
Great documentation of this moment I've heard about but have never seen until now!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-01 3:23]

Hallo Dieter,
Wieder etwas ganz Spezielles. Diese schwebende Ungetüm bevor es sich zum schönsten Schmetterling entwickelt.. Einmalige Aufnahme. Habe noch nie eine solche gesehen.Deine ganze Serie wäre etwas für den Schulunterricht.
Herzliche Grüsse

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