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Caterpillar Agraulis Vanillae

Caterpillar Agraulis Vanillae
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Copyright: Ricardo Tames Vargas (RII) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F828
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caterpillars, CATERPILLARS OF AMERICA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-14 2:14
Viewed: 10707
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Caterpillar Agraulis Vanillae.

Reino: Animalia
Filo: Arthropoda
Clase: Insecta
Orden: Lepidoptera
Familia: Nymphalidae
Subfamilia: Heliconinae
Genero: Agraulis

The blackish brown caterpillar with orange lines and white points, possesses ramified thorns. The adult is of 72 mm of expansion eaves, and it possesses wings color orange with stains dark chestnut tree. In the inferior part of the wings silver stains can be observed, of there their name vulgar butterfly mirror. Passifloraceas attacks.

This insect of brilliant colors reminds many people the butterfly king, and the same as the king, the butterfly of spotted wings of the Gulf is poisonous for the predators that you/they can want to devour it. The marks of orange and black color (the same as the target and black, yellow and black, and red and black) they are the universal colors of warning in the animal Kingdom. These colors allow to potential predators to know that they will complain if they try to devour the animal of brilliant colors.

The butterfly of spotted wings of the Gulf is poisonous; he/she obtains their poison of the pasionaria that is the only plant of which feeds the caterpillar. The same as the tropical group of called butterflies "helicónidas", the butterfly of spotted wings lives a maximum of six months. This is a lot of time for a butterfly; most of the species only live as adults some weeks.

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Muy bonito con los detalles agradables. Veo que tienes cierta colección de la larva también. Es bueno que podemos asociar la larva a la mariposa del adulto de sus photographies.

Saludos, Petru

Hi Ricardo you come up with another good caterpillar shot today. very sharp and clear, and I like his colours. The twig is a bit OE, maybe from the flash, but still a good composition. Well done. TFS.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-14 4:16]
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Very beautiful caterpillar Ricardo!
Wonderful colours it has!
Very good details too!
Excellent BG!

Hi Ricardo,
Another very good caterpillar shot! The colors look great, and I love the black backround to make him standout. I agree with Janice that the flash has slightly over exposed the branch. Very sharp detail, and great notes. Well done!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-12-14 7:29]
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Nice colorful caterpillar. Very good sharpness and colors.

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-12-14 9:25]
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Hi Ricardo

Lovely colourful shot. Very good composition and clarity. Great detail. Well done


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-14 9:28]
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Another excellent Caterpillar Ricardo!
Stands out well against the black BG.

Hello Ricardo :-)
Nexa amazing shot of wonderful, colorful caterpillar!
It's just amazing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-14 11:07]
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Hello Ricardo!
Very nice close up.POV,lighting,colors,contrast between BG and caterpillar,details,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Ricardo,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Hola Ricardo.
Qu ebuena compo la que lograste.
Los detalles super lindos.


Hi Ricardo - good macro of a nice caterpilar ;-) Beautifull colours, good POV and we can see many details. Well done!

Hola Ricardo,
Muy linda foto de esta oruga, pero creo que en partes está sobreexpuesta. Tampoco ayuda el fondo oscuro a resaltar las "púas". Bueno, a veces hay que aprovechar igual y tomar las fotos esten donde esten los animales.
Me resultó muy útil tu nota

Hi friend,
great shot with nice dark background and good details,nice DOF

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