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Lepidoptera Caterpillar II - head

Lepidoptera Caterpillar II - head
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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-01 12:04
Viewed: 3893
Points: 46
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Hello all my friends from TN.
As I told yesterday, here you are: only the head today and tail tomorrow.
Thanks for your appreciate and I hope you enjoy this one too.

Here a little bit more information about this larval stage insect:
Distinguishing characteristics
The characteristics which distinguish the order Lepidoptera from other insect orders are:[4]

Head: The Lepidopteran head has large compound eyes and mouth parts which are almost always a proboscis.
Scales:Scales cover the external surface of the body and appendages.
Thorax: The prothorax in the case of most species is reduced.
Wings: Two pairs of wings present in almost the taxa. The wings have very few cross-veins.
Abdomen: The posterior abdominal segments are modified extensively for reproduction. Cerci are absent.
Larva: The larvae are eruciform with well developed head and mandibles. They have 0 to 10 prolegs, usually 8.
Pupa: The pupae in most species are adecticous and obtect, while they are decticous in others.

There are about 69 families in this order with variations depending on the taxonomic treatment (see the family template box at the bottom of this section).

The Lepidoptera are divided into several suborders, the largest being Glossata, the vast majority of which are Ditrysia.

Several other classifications of lepidopteran families are used in older literature. These include the Rhopalocera (club-horned) consisting of what are commonly called butterflies and the Heterocera (varied-horned) consisting of the moths. However, Rhophalocera is a natural (monophyletic) group, while Heterocera is a paraphyletic assemblage.

Another non-standard classification separates the Lepidoptera into Microlepidoptera for the smaller species (mostly moths) and Macrolepidoptera for the larger species.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To wishnugaruda: Thanks my friendMello 1 12-03 12:32
To taba: Já posteiMello 1 12-02 07:26
To nglen: Thanks my friendMello 1 12-01 12:11
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-01 12:07]
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Hi Francisco . This is a first class macro shot, Taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the flash has given natural colours. I can see every little hair on its body.
All with intersting notes. TFS.

hello Francisco!
interesting and great macro shot! very fine details and output in colors!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-12-01 12:26]

Siemanko Francisko!
Excellent snapshot of the caterpillar, super one can see the macro very well wszstkie details, good natural colours.
I am greeting Slawek

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-01 13:12]

Hi Francisco,
Excellent macro shot.Sharpness,POV,colors and details are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

super macro Francisco
great closely capture of head of caterpillar

thanks and tfs sERGIO

Boa boite amigo... ótima foto... parabéns e boa noite...

Hi MF Francisco,

An impressive close-up capture of the head part of the spectacular caterpillar which you uploaded yesterday. The details so sharp and clean! This is realy flawless job in all around aspects MF!
TFS and have a nice deay!

Ps. sorry for pnts! i consumed the green smiles early today:(

Hallo Francisco
This is first class photography. It is indeed super sharp and all the detail is well focused. A super macro with great colours and awesome detail. The clarity of the fine hairs on this caterpillar is tops, and if I wanted to count them one by one, I would have done so very easily as each individual one is seen beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hello Francisco
this is very good Macro
super sharpness and very nice light
beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

amazing closeup, TFS Ori

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-02 4:21]

Hola amigo,
significativa aproximación,
buen foco y color,
gran trabajo Francisco.
Saludos. TFS

Hello Francisco
Great macro with excellent details and POV.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Francisco, amazing macro with superb details, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-02 6:34]

Hi Francisco
This is a great macro image.Excellent POV and razor sharp image.Great detail and lovely colors.
TFS Michel

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2009-12-02 6:36]
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Olá Francisco

Que incrivel aproximação vc deu a esta cabeça!
A nitidez esta ótima e a luminosidade perfeita...

Tenho uma fot desta lagarta mas de corpo inteiro, estou esperando ver a sua :)

A macro faz diferença realmente, preciso arranjar uma... :))



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-02 7:41]

Hello Francisco,
I like this kind of 'surprising' photos. Great macro in excellent sharp details. The flash did its work very well, beautiful clear colours. Nice contrast against the BG and a good choice of composition.

Hello Francisco,
a superb macro shot of this caterpillar, outstanding sharpness with impressive detail, perfect exposure with the flash, very nice close composition
Best regards

Olá Francisco,

Woh! ... que macro! ... Ninguém poderia dizer que é uma lagarta! um retrato muito bem feito! parabéns!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-02 21:15]

Hi Francisco.
Terrific macro shot. I am amazed a lot. Simply amazing flask work and ultimate details of the insect/ Colour are superb too and look very naturally. I welcome nice composition of the image and framing of the part of the insect. Well done and all the best.

Hello Francisco,

There are many strange creatures in the Garden of God..!
This is a fine macro with excellent reproduction of details and colours, well framed in its natural habitat...

Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-03 9:39]

Hello Francisco,
Incredible macro - a new world opens when you look at things closely like this! Fantastic details and colours!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Ciao Francisco. An impresive superb and detailed close up in excellent details and perfect light's management.


Hi Francisco,
wow, first I thought this is a kind of plant or flower. Now looking closer I see what it is - amazing. But you shoult tell this guy to shave before making a shot - so many hairs ;-)
Lovely shot, thanks, very well done and an unusual POV which I like.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Mello
Your photos are so unusual.
So interesting insects so beautiful depth and colors.
See your photos here is very good.

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