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Tobacco Hornworm (Carolina Sphinx)

Tobacco Hornworm (Carolina Sphinx)
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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: 2015-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-17 19:17
Viewed: 1223
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was out in the vegetable garden tonight (which actually looks like a weed patch) and noticed that my tomato plants were literally being eaten up. I knew from experience that the culprit was a large green caterpillar otherwise known as the Tobacco Hornworm.

These fat little caterpillar have a red protrusion on their rear ends that resemble a horn or stinger. I remember as a kid picking them off of our tomato plants and tossing them as quick as I could, so I wouldn't get stung. I have since learned that this scary looking horn is just for looks, and is actually harmless.

This is the caterpillar of the Carolina Sphinx moth. Common food plants are ground cherry, horse-nettle, nightshade, tobacco, and tomato plants.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-08-18 0:42]

Hello Ron,
Wonderful macro of this caterpillar. A splendid animal with these 'eye-markings' on its side. Superb sharpness, details and very beautiful colours. A drama for your vegetables.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-18 0:59]

Hello Ron,
This is a first class close up of the green caterpillar. Which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. A nice side view. Well done TFS. Good notes too.
Regards Sigi

What a fabulous macro, Ron! Amazing sharpness and truly natural green colors in an almost entirely green image.
Liked your story about this Caterpillar being a show-off with that fake stinger at the tail end (in fact, I thought it was the other way round).
Thanks and regards.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-08-18 1:28]

Hi Ron,
Very good close-up ..
Superb POV, good details and nice and smooth BG.
Best wishes,

Fabulous caterpillar, perfectly portrayed, my friend Ron. Interesting little eyes looking at us from every segment of the larva. It is wonderful as the great program of God is manifest in each of their small creatures; shouting at all the foolish men: I exist, I exist ...

Hernan Bortondello

This is not very usual to see such a beautiful caterpillar. And you show it in a superb picture. Thanks

Hello Ron,
Wonderful macro of this caterpillar. I always ask how you look such beautiful images?


hi Ron
I saw a caterpillar like this one in my region some years ago.
This specimen is amazing with features like these fake eyes.


Hello Ron

Great macro of this insect that can superbly be camouflaged with its environment,
with excellent light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-08-18 12:53]

just a masterpiece here Ron, .. what brilliance of detail and pose, .. excellent timing too; .. well done mate

nuri :)

Hello Ron,
Well captured this beautiful colored Caterpillar from your garden. Against such OOF BG, it's really nice POV. Well sharpness with splendid details. Nice presentation....
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-19 13:26]

Hi Ron,spectacular capture of this beautiful caterpillar! The sharpness is the best as possible everywhere,magnificent colors too,one of the most magnificent caterpillars,no doubts! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2015-08-22 13:52]

Hola Ron, hermosa foto de esta bella Oruga, me encanta la composición, la percha, el manejo de la luz y la acción congelada...saludos.

Hello Ron,
a very fine macro shot of this fat little caterpillar,you did well to spot it camouflaged among the plants and even better to capture the shot.
An interesting note complements the photo.
Regards Les.

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