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Cecropia Moth

Cecropia Moth
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Copyright: Art Roberts (Art_R) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm w/ TC-14EII, 62mm UV
Exposure: f/32, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-28 11:31
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Hi Folks , today I have this caterpillar image to share , getting a chance to photograph this huge insect was certainly a treat for me.

this is the Caterpillar of the Cecropia Moth , the largest moth found in this area , with a wing span of 12 to 15 centimeters. I came upon one reference for this moth claiming that it is also the largest insect in Canada , I don't really know for certain the validity of that , but can say with out a doubt that this is the largest caterpillar I have seen.

this caterpillar molts four times , then will pupate overwinter , emerging to mate in the spring , the moth itself has no mouth parts , and only flies to mate and lay eggs , the life span of the moth is around 7 to 10 days. finding the actual moth is a rare treat , from the images I have come across it is also one very beautiful moth. The moth is a member of the Saturniidae family, or giant silk moths.

the area that I found this one in I found another 12 caterpillars , I will be keeping my eye on that area to see if I can get a photo of any other stages of instar. I am guessing this caterpillar is 3rd or 4th instar , but am not really sure on that. later on I will also return to see if I can locate the cocoons of any of these caterpillars . come spring time I guess there is also an increased chance of getting to see the actual moth , but that is a long time to be holding ones breath ;-)...

perhaps later I will upload a more straight forward ID shot , but for today I think I like this face on image of its hungry nature ;-) , gees they sure do like to eat...

thanks for having a look , I hope that you like it


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hello Art
a beauty with good details and good sharpness
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Art.
It is a beutiful phoograph. The composition really makes it.
Excellent colours, shapness and details too.
The subjet has a lot of things to look at :)
Great work.

Hello Art friend,
Excellent POV for this "fat" caterpillar! This macro really catch the vision! Good job! TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hi Art

Cool POV, excellent details and sharpness of the facial area. Love the coloured spines.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-07-29 8:05]

Very special viewpoint to show this brilliant image. tfs.

great closeup, TFS Ori

Hallo Art
A wonderful display of bright colours and prominent details all in one. The fine features of this caterpillar are well displayed in this macro. It was a pleasure to look at this "worm" that was captured with excellency and preciseness. A well deserved smiley and all around thumbs up for great work shared. Best regards.

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