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caterpillar of Common Rose

caterpillar of Common Rose
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-18 10:53
Viewed: 4142
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The caterpillar of Common Rose (Atrophaneura (Pachliopta) aristolochiae) is a beautiful velvety maroon colour and has a beautiful white band on a segment on its middle reminiscent of a belt or collar. It has numerous fleshy red-tipped white protuberances on the body. It is bulky and slow in its movements. It is a beautiful caterpillar.


The larvae feed on creepers and climbers of the genus Aristolochia, Family Aristolochiaceae and they sequester toxins such as aristolochic acid in their bodies. This makes the adults toxic to vertebrate predators such as birds and reptiles. However the Braconid wasps which parasitise the caterpillars have apparently co-evolved with the butterfly and are not affected by the toxins. Larval foodplants include:

* Aristolochia bracteolata
* Aristolochia indica
* Aristolochia tagala
* Aristolochiae griffithi
* Thottea siliquosa

Source : Wikipedia

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-18 11:09]

Hello Haraprasan
Wonderful and very interesting caterpillar.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Haraprasan, perfect close-up shot of a this strange caterpillar resembling a sea cucumber:) from nice point of view.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Haraprasan. An interesting strange one. Very good brighc colours and exciting playing of light.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-18 14:36]

Hello Haraprasan,
Nice photo of this special caterpillar. Fantastic contrasting colours. Good horizontal composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-18 15:46]

Hi Hara,what a spectacular caterpillar,impressive design and colors,and your perfect pic is the best way to discover this beauty of your country.Very well done,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Very clear and unobstructed view of the Caterlillar of a spectacular butterfly, HP.
Fill flash has done justice in highlighting its features and colours. The green surroundings add a natural touch to the picture. The white band has gone a wee bit OE, thanks to the need for using fill flash under the circumstances.

Good morning my dear friend Hara,

Impressive image of a caterpillar, the details and colours seem wonderful. Good lighting too. Very effective!
TFS and have a nice Sunday MF!


Hello Haraprasan,
Exceptional details, colours and focus.
Lovely composition with perfect clarity.

Hi Haraprasan. Wonderful photo of this interesting caterpillar with nice details, POV and composition..
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Very well saturated colours and perfect focus, HP!
A stunning macro!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-19 4:02]

Hi Haraprsan,
Excellent capture of this interesting caterpillar.Excellent POV,lighting,details and colors.Very well done!
Thanks for sharing..

Hi Haraprasan.. Wonderful shot..Attractive red colored and interesting shaped projections on this caterpillar's body..
Details lights and sharpness very good. TFS.

Ciao Haraprasan, wonderful caterpillar with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hola Haraprasan

Otra imagen muy bella, esa origa es fantastica, con esos colores y formas fabulosas. Asi despues salen unas mariposas espectaculares. Perefecta nitidez y contrastes con ese fondo verde.

Un saludo de Antonio

Dear Haraprasan
what astonishing animal. Where is the front ? i.e. did the animal advance to the left of the picture or the right?

Does it feed during the day?

I am also interested into the flowers of the plants on which this caterpillar feeds i.e. do the explain the colouring of the animal?!?

Thank you so much for showing this interesting animal on TrekNature!

Thank you also for visiting so often my portfolio.

I wish you a good week my friend,
Greetings from South Africa, Tzaneen

Hello Haraprasan
i love this strange caterpillar, the great details and the superb colors are simply fantastic, lovely composition with leaves in the BG
Have a good night

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-28 9:57]

Hello Haraprasan,
very good shot of this catterpillar.The lighting is superb,colors are excellent, very good composition.Best regards Siggi

Curioso y bello especímen Haraprasan,aunque esos colores negros
tenían su dificultad :-)
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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