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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: 2009-12-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-21 12:03
Viewed: 3621
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all my TN friends.
Today I'd like to dedicate this little one (18mm) to Andréia
She is a biologist from Brazil and I realy hope she likes this one and, of course, discover the ID.

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What a great capture!
Colors are amazing, details are fantastic!
Warm congratulation!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-21 12:09]

Hi Francisco . This must be the stranges thing i have seen. You have taken it with such sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the flash has given bright but still natural looking colours. Well taken TFs.

Have a very Happy Christmass and New Year.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-12-21 12:38]

Dear Francisco!

This is another surprising creature, again so well photographed! You transport us into another world, a world of superb colours and strange shapes. The details are well pronounced and the simple composition highlights the insect's characteristics at best.

Kind regards


hello Francisco
beautiful picture with great details and good sharpness
super colours
this is a Caterpillar Fam. LIMACODIDAE
Stinging Slug Carterpillar
looks on the Saddle back caterpillar
this is a poison caterpillar
i found in a import Palm also species of this fam.caterpillar
i have no more point for you
but i wil give you the name
greeting lou

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-21 13:09]

magnífico trabajo amigo,
siempre espléndidas aproximaciones...
buen foco y color.
saludos Francisco

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-21 13:14]

Hello Francisco,
What an amazing caterpillar that looks rather like a prickly cactus!! Fantastic capture showing very clearly details and colours.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-21 13:20]

Hello Francisco,
well composed shot with good details and beautiful colours. The colour of the caterpillar works very well against the green background. Very good POV, well done and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Francisco,
a fantastic macro shot ot this incredible caterpillar, outstanding sharpness and marvellous vivid colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-21 14:42]

Excellent shoot Francisco, wonderful macro. Conratulations and TFS.
Best regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-21 16:22]

Hello Francinco,
Splendid close-up shot of this beautifully coloured cterpillar.
Details and composition are perfect.
TFS and G's,

Hello Mello,
Gaudy, contrasting colours here and dark green background for a semi-green caterpillar, so wonderful composition and a fine shot.It is all spiny of course for self-protection...loved it...thanks for sharing....warmest regards/Abid

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-21 23:37]
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Hello Fransisco,
A fine macro of this spectacular caterpillar, the POV allowing us to see the features with good sharpness and colours.
As to the ID: this definitely a moth caterpillar, probably that of a Silk moth (Saturniidae), but I can't give you the species, unfortunately.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hallo Mello
I cannot help you with the ID, but I can tell you that is one fancy, colourful and very fascinating caterpillar with some real interesting features and details. It almost looks like a punk rocker. This image is super sharp, everything is seen with great clarity, I can even count the spikes or bristles if I wanted to. It is so clear; I can almost feel the jelly like texture of its body. A great macro filled with flashy colours and presented in fine style. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi MF Francisco,

this one is very beautifully coloured larva and perfectly photographed from a fine low POV by you! Amazingly detailed macro in all around MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-22 1:29]

Hello Francosco,
Fantastic coloured caterpillar. Excellent sharpness, details and a very good contrasting BG.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-22 2:28]

Merhaba Francisco,
Harika bir makro olmuş.
18mm lik bu küçük yaratığı bize çok detaylı bir şekilde göstermişsin.
Tebrik ederim.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-22 4:47]

Very interesting and colorful species here, well captured with good colors and details. tfs.

Ciao Francisco. Ottimo lavoro davvero! Il dettaglio e la profondità di campo sono eccezionali. Bravo a gestire la luce. Brillanti i colori.


Ciao Francisco, great macro of beautiful catarpillar with fantastic colors, superb details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Francisco,
Fantastic capture, with amazing details. I could find the head of this caterpillar... Must be a protection against predators, I suppose . Best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-22 11:51]

Hello Francisco
wondeful and interesting caterpillar...thanks for sharing

This caterpillar look great and have wonderful colors.
Very good picture with perfect details.
Friendly regards and Merry Christmas.Alin.

Maravillosa toma Francisco. Una delicia observar esas formas y colores de una especie que desconozco.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Francisco...really a pearl this tiny caterpillar
good dedication to our friend Andréia

I wish you and family a happy Christmas

amazing closeup, TFS Ori

Olá Francisco.
Uma bela lagarta Acharia sp. (Limacodidae) você nos apresenta aqui!
Cores bem naturais e excelentes pormenores.
Perfeito uso do flash, sem obtenção de sombras duras.
Parabéns pelo feito!
José Roberto

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