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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1987-04-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus OM2N, Olympus 20mm f/2.0 bellows lens, Kodachrome 25
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Satyrinae - Worldwide [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-12 17:52
Viewed: 4862
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a freshly hatched larva of the butterfly Lasiommata megera (Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). In this stage, the larva of Lasiommata and closly related genera (Pararge, Kirinia) possess rather long 'hairs' (setae). In later stages, after several moultings, they look quite different: body and head are usually green covered with only short setae. This newborn is about 3 mm long. The first meal is the own egg shell. Then, until pupation, they feed on grass. Obviously, this caterpillar has taken up a small amount of grass visible by the slight green colour of the segments. Books on butterflies almost exclusively (if at all) figure the adult caterpillars making identification of first or second instar larva extremely difficult.

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Hi Peter,
A very good detailed picture of this larva you produced here. Wel choosen crop and framing. Good non-disturbing background. Informative note also.
Compliments Peter!
Regards, Ruud

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-05-12 19:01]

Hi Peter, excelent sharp macro photo, specially knowing the size of the caterpillar, Juan

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-05-13 6:55]

3mm and then this size, well done. Sharpness is ok and i like the POV.
Gr. Hans

Hi Peter,
this is a good close-up with good details amd nice colours.
Good use of the bellows lens anf also a good scanning.
Vwey well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-14 2:44]

Excellent shot and excellent notes on this tiny larva.
Very sharp details, especially considering the magnification.
Very interesting. TFS. : )

Very well done on the composition, great details, excellent use of the F:2 and bellows lens to achieve a good DOF, a fine work.
Extra scanning job is appreciated, thanks a lot Peter.

Hi Peter,
That's how the good old Olympus macro system works! And a very good choice of the model, too.

Best regards,

how interesting, love the hairs...its such a wonderful proces to follow...well done

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