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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, 55mm Micro Nikkor f2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-25 9:15
Viewed: 3669
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Most caterpillars have tubular, segmented bodies. They have three pairs of true legs on the three thoracic segments, up to four pairs of prolegs on the middle segments of the abdomen, and often a single pair of prolegs on the last abdominal segment. There are ten abdominal segments. The families of lepidoptera differ in the numbers and positioning of the prolegs. Some caterpillars are fuzzy (which means they have hair) and they are most likely to cause itching of the hands if touched

Caterpillars grow through a series of moults; each intermediate stage is called an instar. The last moult takes them into the inactive pupal or chrysalis stage.

Like all insects, caterpillars breathe through a series of small openings along the sides of their thorax and abdomen called spiracles. These branch into the body cavity into a network of tracheae. A few caterpillars of the family Pyralidae are aquatic and have gills that let them breathe underwater.

Caterpillars have 4,000 muscles (compare humans, with 629). They move through contraction of the muscles in the rear segments pushing the blood forward into the front segments elongating the torso. The average caterpillar has 248 muscles in the head segment alone.

From Wikipedia.


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Hola, Luis!

What a adorable beauty...great capture!

I like here the combination of yellow body with white hairs. Fine sharpness, great POV and nice DOF. It is just simply amazing!

Thanks for posting.

Paras Bhalla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-25 9:34]

Hi Luis. This caterpillar stands out from the dark BG.Taken with fine detail and sharp focusing.The fine hairs stand out .All with natural looking colours. I like the eye level POV. well done TFS.

hello Luis
this is so good
great sharpness super composition with great BG.
beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

hello Luis

superb macro photo with the great flash effect,
fine focus with great sharpness and details, TFS


This is a classic Luis. I truly enjoy teh dark background and use of flash which brought up the subject very well. There was a time when I carried a piece of black velvet with me for people portraits...a good technique..not sure how you did it here but it worked!

hello Luis
with two word...excellent photo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-25 16:25]

Hola Primo,

Perfection once again. A fantastic macro of this caterpillar showing the segments and hairs so clearly. Beautiful colors against the black background. Those long hairs are amazing. I always love your simple but very beautiful compositions.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-25 22:51]

Hello Luis,
Fantastic photo in amazing clear colours. The BG looks great. Perfect sharpness and a very good composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-07-25 22:58]

Hello Luis,
This is very very sharp!
That caterpillar sure has a lot of bristles.
Details well shown against the black BG.
TFS. : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-26 2:22]

hello Luis,
A perfect picture of this spectacular hairy caterpillar. Excellent sharpness and wonderful dark contrasting background. Amazing how many muscles the have, but I suppose they need them to move around :-)
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Luis
wonderful shot of this very beautiful Caterpillar,
superb sharpness, the black BG hihlights this hairy beauty very well
the colors are fantastic
Have a great evening

Ciao Luis, fantastic caterpillar with fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful contrast against dark BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

What a shot, Luis!
Very sharp, and I love the beautiful dark BG!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-26 13:05]

Hello Luis
Wonderful caterpillar with vivid colors and great details

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-27 11:03]

Bueno D.Luis,
palabras mayores,
gran macro con sobresaliente Bg.
sin duda una obra de arte.
saludos amigo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-28 18:16]

Hi Luis,
excellent image in great clarity. The black background is very outstanding.
Superbs presentation and it looks like a great poster.


Pocos comentarios y a observar en silencio !


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-08-04 18:40]

Hola Luis,
Incredible details captured with your excellent camera work my friend. Such a beauty it is.

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