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White-Marked Tussox Moth Caterpillar

White-Marked Tussox Moth Caterpillar
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-01-16 12:55
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This pretty little Tussox Moth Caterpillar was visiting one of our sunflower plants when I took his picture. I enjoy viewing the many different types of caterpillars we have here in Ohio because their appearance varies so much in size, color and shapes.

This particular caterpillar is one of our most easily recognized due to it's unique markings and colors. They feed on a variety of woody plants, therefore it can show up almost anywhere there is foilage. Tussox Moth Caterpillars are occasional pests at Christmas tree farms because the hairs on their bodies can cause allergic reactions to those with sensitive skin.

For more information on the Tussox Moth and their caterpillars click here

I will post another shot of this caterpillar in the WS.

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A very nice image in perfect harmony with insect and plants Nd notes. Superior content and great lesson plan.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-16 14:02]

Hi Ron
Another excellent closed up.Sharp image with excellent detail.Colors and light are great.Good POV and excellent DOF
TFS Michel

Superb dof, sharpness and vivid colors. Excellent! TFS!

Wow Ron that creature is so strange and beautiful even I think! Your control over the exposition here is excellent. Brilliant sharpness and great detail. The image of in the workshop is very good as well. have a great week Ron!
George Veltchev

hello Ron
another great caterpillar macro shot with great exposure, light using and sharp focus. nicely composed and presented with good notes. your WS is great too.
I also looked this moth species's adults. it is very beautiful moth.
thanks for sharing. king regards and have a nice new week

Wow Ron, what an interesting photo! Excellent color and detail with a great over all composition.


hello Ron

great macro shot of this Moth Caterpillar
with very fine POV, DOF, superb focus great
sharpness and details, excellent contrast,
i love the warmer light and color tones
of the background, TFS


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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-16 21:55]


Very detailed and sharp pic. The DOF and POV are also great.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-17 1:15]

Hello Ron,
a superb macro here. The colors, details, and DOF look perfect to me. Perfect composition and backround. Excellent Work.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-17 8:33]

Hello Ron,
What a very beautiful coloured caterpillar. Fantastic sharpness, details and an excellent choice of composition. Good DOF. Very nice workshopphoto too.

Hi Ron.
What a beautiful photo of this caterpillar. Amazing colours. Perfect sharpness. Nice background. Also interesting note.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-01-17 10:26]
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Hi Ron,

A magnificent macro of this beautiful caterpillar with razor sharp details and marvelous colors. It looks so well camouflaged that you must have an eye of an eagle to have seen it. A wonderful composition giving us an excellent view. Loved the workshop too.

Hi to Rosie.


Hello Ron,

very nicey taken this beautifully caterpillar.
Good diagonal composition, nicely the blurred bg.
Fine cpolors.
I have been an year ago an simular caterpillar been posted here on TN.
I think your workshop are even better with bg etc.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-18 1:11]

Hi Ron,
very good macro, sharpness and detail and color super.
Congratulations and best regards ..

This is just awesome, Ron!
very well seen, timed, framed and captured!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-22 23:11]
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Hello Ron,
Though both images are excellent, I prefer the WS for the uncluttered BG, but that's splitting hairs!
This hairy caterpillar of the White-marked Tussock moth is striking and is well presented in images that of high technical and esthetic qualities.
Thanks and enjoy your Sunday,

A beautiful capture Ron... exposure, lighting, colors, detail, composition... you got it all so well done...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-31 14:25]

Hi Ron,what a beautiful caterpillar!Incredible colors and fantastic design,and your perfect pic is the best way to discover it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Ron,
Wonderful sharp image with lots of detail and beautiful soft colours. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-16 22:09]

Hi Ron.
It is a very artistic presentation of a beautiful caterpillar. I have not seen such beauty before. Leaf surroundings, colouration of the BG, leaves and insect, combination of crisp sharp details of the main subject and blurriness of the remote objects are amazing and create a nice impression. My compliments and TFS.

Ciao Ron. Fine details, excellente DOF. So interesting BG.


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