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Elephant Hawk-moth (caterpillar)

Elephant Hawk-moth (caterpillar)
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K200D, Pentax SMC FA 100 F2.8 MACRO
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-06-17 9:27
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Like most other shots on insects, and this I took a large meadow near my house.
Here is a caterpillar caught in a „pose snake“. They look to the workshop to capture the caterpillar in the „pose elephant“

Thank you all for your visit and criticism - This is useful for me. Points (smiling) are not important for me :-)
Best greetings.


Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Deilephila
Species: elpenor

Wingspan: 50-70mm

Elephant Hawk-moth ( Deilephila elpenor)
Czech name: Lišaj vrbkový

The species is found throughout Britain and Ireland. Its range extends across Europe, Russia, and into China, northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, Japan and Korea (though not Taiwan). Introduced specimens have been found in British Columbia. In most of their range, the adults are seen from May to July and the caterpillars from July to September, when they pupate. However in some parts of the Mediterranean and China the adults may be seen from April on, sometimes having two broods in a year.
The larva is about 75 millimetres (3.0 in) long, green and brown in colour. Like most hawk moth caterpillars, they have a backward curving spine or "horn" on the final abdominal segment. The anterior of the caterpillar appears to have the shape of a trunk-like snout. It is this elephant look, rather than its large size, that gives the moth its name. When startled, the caterpillar draws its trunk into its foremost body segment. This posture resembles a snake with a large head and four large eye-like patches. Caterpillars are preyed upon by birds, but these shy away (at least for some time) from caterpillars in "snake" pose. It is not known whether the birds take the caterpillar to actually resemble a snake, or are frightened by the sudden change of a familiar prey item into an unusual and boldly-patterned shape.
The preferred food plants of the caterpillar are willowherb and bedstraw, though it will also take fuchsias.
The imago (adult) feeds at night, and often takes nectar from garden plants like honeysuckles and petunias, so it is quite often seen in urban settings in the evening. The moth typically has a wing span of 50–70 mm (2.0–2.8 in). It is spectacularly coloured, seeming to shimmer with green and red when in motion. The adult moths are eaten by some species of bats.
(source: www.wikipedia.com)

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Ciao Milos, great macro of lovely caterpillar, fantastic details, wonderful blurry BG, beautiful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-17 9:47]

Hi Milos,this pic is simply extraodinary!!!!! What a beautiful caterpillar and what a magnificent capture at the top of quality.Fantastic point of view,total sharpness and natural colors.My greats compliments,have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Milos,
A superb macro of this Elephant Hawk-moth, impressive details sharpness, perfect depth of field, lighting and colours are wonderful, an excellent camera skills!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hello Milos
Impressive larva and fantastic photo with excellent composition, beautiful BG and wonderful colours. The sharpness is impressive.

hello Milos
super sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Milos,
excellent photo of this caterpillat. Great sharpness. I can see a lot of details. Nice warm natural colours.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-17 12:30]

Hello Milos,
Wonderful sharp detailed photo in splendid light and colours. Great composition, blurred BG and POV. What a beauty!

Hi Milos,

Well what a very nice image of this Elephant Hawk-moth, supreme sharpness with fine details and good depth of field, lovely natural colours and well exposed, very nice work and well done,
Best regards Milos and have a nice weekend,


great capture Mikou ! excellent subject with fantastic details and perfect focus, I love the light and compo too,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

it is really an extraordinary picture. marvelous sharpness, good colour and composition. nice POV.


A slow creature and easy to photograph. Your focus is marvelous ... crisp, with great composition. Nice job.


Hello Milos
Soo this is the caterpillar of the elephant hawk moth, very beautiful, great details and composition. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-18 3:50]

Hello Milos,
A perfect shot of this strange caterpillar which you show from a well chosen lateral point of view. Sharpness, composition, light-management, all is top quality! Thanks too for your kind critiques, your English is excellent now.
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hallo Milos,
a fantastic macro shot of the Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar taken from an excellent point of view with incredible details, bright colours, marvellous diagonal composition
Best regards

Hello Milos,
Outstanding capture with amazing details, colors and focus.
Impressive composition.

Gracias por tus comentarios y tus observaciones a mi trabajo Milos.
Nos presentas un preciosos documento, con un buen manejo de la luz
y de gran belleza en sus colores.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Milos,
Superb capture for this interesting caterpillar.
Impressive shaprness and perfect focus!
Excellent BG.
Very very beautiful macro!
Thanks for sharing

hi Milos...mighty caterpillar well reproduced with excellent detail and definition..if you will take a look, I photographed it with a frontal macro

Hi Mikos,

Fantastic shot of this caterpillar. Good POV & great details.
Good BG too. Well done & TFS.

Hello Milos,
This is an awesome macro shot. Wonderful colours and fine sharp details all captured from perfect POV. Pretty blurred BG with superb nuance of green colour and great diagonal composition of this beautiful caterpillar. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-19 13:34]

Hello Milos.
Wonderful macro of this beautiful Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar with great details and sherpness.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-19 14:42]

Hello Milos,
Wonderful macro shot of very beautiful and impressive caterpillar with excellent sharpness and perfect details.Nice colors and excellent POV.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-06-22 12:28]

That is an amazing looking caterpillar, Milos.
All the details are so sharp and clear.
The colors are well saturated, and show well against the blurred BG.
Beautiful light and composition.
Very interesting indeed. TFS. : )

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