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Pale tussock
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-01 1:19
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Points: 12
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Latin name: Dasychira pudibunda

Size: Wingspan approx 60mmm

Months seen: May and June. The caterpillars are found between July and October

Food: Adult moths do not feed, but the caterpillars eat oak, birch, lime and hop leaves.

Habitat: Woods, parks and gardens

Special features: The male moths have feathery antennae which can detect the scent of a female from several hundred metres away.

A dark coloured form of the moth is sometimes found around industrial areas.

The hairy green and yellow caterpillars have a black band around each body segment, and a tuft of red-brown hair at the tail end. The brightly coloured hairs protect them from birds, and other predators.

The caterpillars were known as 'hop dogs' by hop pickers who frequently found them among the crops. They're less likely to be found in hop fields these days due to the use of pesticides.

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Dear Hans!

I just discover your young gallery for the first time and I'm delighted by the quality of your pictures. I'm particularly impressed by the delicateness of your work and, as shown here in this picture, the richness of details you show. Moreover, in this picture, the superb contrast creates a great impact.

Kind regards


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-01 1:54]

Wonderful caterpillar!
Great details and colors.

Hallo Hans
Caterpillars and worms normally give me the jitters, but this beauty of yours has changed my mind for the time being. The colour is great and the detail of the fine hairs precise and very striking. The hairs reminds me of that on a toothbrush. An all-round great image with great sharpness, focus and composition, presented in a most favourable manner. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

hallo Hans
het is weer een plaatje
zo scherp en mooie compositie
het lijkt of hij licht geeft
ik vind hem mooi!!
groetjes lou
en bedankt voor je comments

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-11-08 12:53]

Hallo Hans.
Very interesting caterpillar.
Pretty colour, great sharpness, point of view and details.
Greetings and TFS.

Wonderfull colours, good sharpness and a very interesting subject.

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