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Saddleback Caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-09-10 20:06
Viewed: 1481
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this unique looking Saddleback Caterpillar (Acharia stimulea) feeding on corn plants in our neighbors field. I was actually heading back up to the house after photographing some butterflies when I spotted it on this half eaten leaf.

They are not like ordinary caterpillars in many ways. They actually don't have legs like other caterpillars do, but instead move about like slugs on sucker-like prolegs. They secrete a semi-fluid silk which enables them to travel on smooth surfaces quite easily in a slow gliding motion.

Their body is covered with a number of hollow venom secreted spines which can break away when contact is made, causing a very painful stinging sensation.

The brown saddle like marking on their back is obviously how they got their name. The head is extremely small and hard to see unless they are moving. The rear end has two distinct whitish eye like markings which reminds me of a warriors mask.

I will post some other shots in a WS.

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

Astonishing appearance , beautiful carterpillar Ron.
Great macro , TOP.

Thanks for sharing.


Hello Ron,
Nice work to catch such a splendid colorful specie. I love the exceptional clarity and razor sharp details of this image.
Photo has the best quality.

Hello Ron,

I haven't seen such alien looking Caterpillar before. Very well captured with splendid color and sharpness. I like its details too. Good work....like this species.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-09-11 8:14]

Hello Ron,
What a spectacular caterpillar! Never seen something like this before.
And that in excellent quality. Amazing sharpness, very beautiful colours and a fantastic composition.
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Ron
fantastic shot of this caterpillar with unusal colors, i like also the image in the WS, so we can see it from another side, both are well focused
Have a great WE

Wow! Amazing Caterpillar with that look of a 'saddled' animal, Ron. Find it quite amusing. :)
A stunningly sharp macro with superb details and colors.
I'm sure we have seen this creature for the first time here on TN.
Thanks for sharing this image.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-09-12 1:48]

curious stuff, .. well spotted and taken, .. effective POV and sharp detail .. TFS

nuri :)

Hallo Ron
What a lovely caterpillar! I have never seen something like this in my life, not with my own eyes, nor in any kind of magazine or book. It is really spectacular, and it looks as if some old granny has knitted it a type of jacket. The details, colours and texture of this caterpillar is captured with excellent preciseness, making it a super macro.
Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hello Ron,
Nice catch of such a splendid colorful specie. It looks like somebody has covered with a colored cloth


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2015-09-13 6:21]

Hi Ron,

Amazing capture of the caterpilar, splendid colors and sharpness.
The light is perfect for the composition, great macro.
Excellent job, my friend.
My best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-09-13 10:24]

Hello Ron,
Fantastic macro, excellent sharpness details, great contrast and colors,great great photo.
Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6568 W: 89 N: 15654] (65467)
  • [2015-09-13 13:01]

Hi Ron,I thought of a dog with a green winter coat watching the miniature...ehehe..fantastic pics showing us this magnificent caterpillar from 2 different points of view. The quality is the best as possible,very bright colors too,curious and interesting post,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Very strange looking caterpillar. Looks like it is wearing a football jumper. I wonder what the moth/butterfly (?) looks like.

Hello Ron

Between the 2 photos, this one and the one in the WS, I prefer this one,
great macro, with very fine POV, great DOF with the F18 aperture
helping for a great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


What a creature, looks like being put a blanket on it to go riding!!

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