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Dusty-green caterpillar

Dusty-green caterpillar
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1, Digital ISO 200, 55mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/19, 1/90 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-12 7:52
Viewed: 3406
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot has been taken in the Butterfly garden "Vlinders aan de vliet"

Rijk: Animalia (Dieren)
Stam: Arthropoda (Geleedpotigen)
Klasse: Insecta (Insecten)
Orde: Lepidoptera (Schubvleugeligen)
Familie: Saturniidae (Nachtpauwogen)
Geslacht: Attacus
Soort: Attacus atlas(Linnaeus, 1758)

De Atlasvlinder (Attacus atlas) is een zeer grote Aziatische nachtvlinder. De vlinder heeft een spanwijdte van 25 tot 30 centimeter, waarmee hij wordt beschouwd als de grootste vlinder qua vleugeloppervlakte (>400 cm2).

Het leefgebied in Zuidoost-AziŽ beslaat onder andere India, MaleisiŽ en IndonesiŽ. In India wordt de pop van deze vlinder ook op kleine schaal gebruikt voor de productie van zijde.

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, southern China, common across the Malay archipelago to Indonesia. In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk in a non-commercial capacity; unlike that produced by the related Silkworm moth (Bombyx mori), Atlas moth silk is secreted as broken strands. This brown, wool-like silk is thought to have greater durability and is known as "fagara." Atlas moth cocoons have been employed as purses in Taiwan.

Atlas moths are considered to be the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area (upwards of c. 400 square cm or 65 square inches). Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 25-30 cm (10-12 inches). Females are appreciably larger and heavier. (The largest lepidopteran in terms of wingspan is thought to be the White Witch Thysania agrippina.) Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as "snake's head moth", referring to apical extension of the forewing, which bears a passing resemblance to a snake's head.

Atlas moths are predominantly tawny to maroon in colour with roughly triangular, diaphanous "eyes" on both forewing and hindwing, bordered in black. The purpose of these dramatic, gossamer portals is not clear, but they are thought to play a role in predator avoidance. Their bodies are hairy and disproportionately small compared to their wings. Patterns and colouration vary among the many described subspecies. Male Atlas moths are distinguished from females by their smaller size, more tapered wings, and larger, bushier antennae. Neither sex possess fully-formed mouthparts and therefore do not feed; they survive entirely on larval fat reserves throughout their 1-2 week adult life.

Females are sexually passive, releasing powerful pheromones which males detect and home in on with the help of chemoreceptors located on their large feathery antennae. Males may thus be attracted from several kilometres downwind. Atlas moths are unsteady fliers and the female does not stray far from the location of her discarded chrysalis: she seeks a perch where the air currents will best carry her pheromones.

Once mated the female lays a number of spherical eggs 2.5 mm in diameter on the undersides of leaves. Dusty-green caterpillars hatch after about two weeks and feed voraciously on the foliage of certain citrus and other evergreen trees. The caterpillars are adorned with fleshy spines along their backs which are covered in a waxy white substance. After reaching a length of about 115 mm (4.5 inches), the caterpillars pupate within papery chrysalids redolent of desiccated leaves. The adult moths emerge after about four weeks.

Focal lenght : 90mm
Shutter speed : 1/90 sec
Aperture : F19
Sensitivity : iso 200
Flash : on

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-12 7:54]

H Thijs. What a very good shot of the caterpiler. he looks so big. The detail and sharp focusing is first class. Very rich colours. ,with a nice POV. very well done TFS. good notes to read. Thanks.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-12 7:57]

Hello Thijs,
Very fine macro of this fat caterpillar! Excellent sharp details and fine colours. I like its pose and it looks great against the dark background. Excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hallo Thijs,

Dat is een mooie rups van de Atlasvlinder. Lijkt wel of hij/zij poeder over het gehele lichaam heeft. Ligt ook wat op het blad onder de rups. Haarscherpe opname. Mooie kleuren. Kan haast ook niet anders met zulke mooie dieren. POV, DOF en de achtergrond zijn goed. Ik zal toch ook eens gaan kijken in Leidschendam. Bedankt en TFS Bob

Hi Thijs,
Thanks for showing me this in real! even i have a picture of this :-) Beautiful picture with wonderful natural colors

Hallo Thijs,
Beautiful image of this Aa caterpillar I've seen many times at the butterfly garden of the Emmen Zoo.
Love to see these big guys eating those large leaf one by one.
Excellent composition with great sharpness and exposure.
Details, contrast and color contrast between the greens and red spot on the back end of the caterpillar are wonderul.
Thanks for sharing and the great note.
Best regards and have a nice Sunday evening,

Hi Thijs,
Simply wonderful!
Perfect nuance and excellent composition.
Nice macro!
Josť Roberto

hi thijs,

what a sharp and detailed close up!like the colors,the reflections on the caterpillar!

Hi Thijs,
Great shot show this Dusty-green caterpillar
with great details and colors, super composed, well done, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

I've never seen caterpilar of this species. It's really amazing. The picture is very good: perfect colours and sharpness. Very good composition. Bravo and thanks


Hello Thijs,
What an unusual catterpiller, it looks like its been rolling in flour because of the fine white powder on its body. I like the pov and the dark bg. A good shot,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-08-15 0:38]

HHmmm, Thijs...
Are you sure this is not a baby Michelin tire?
What a cute little guy with an interesting shape.
He is really kind of cute... in his own way.
Well seen and well captured. : )
TFS. : )

Hi Thijs,
a fat lady - wow - a wonderful shot and we can see so many nice details. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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