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Sawfly Larva

Sawfly Larva
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 2:21
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21 Jan 2007 Thanks Osmeterium (Dmitry GAvryushin) and Artur (Artur Jakorev)in identifying this picture.

Class: Insecta (Insects)
Subclass: Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order: Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
Suborder: Symphyta (Sawflies)
Family: Tenthredinidae (Common Sawflies)

Some larvae of the Hymenoptera order can appear like the caterpillars of the lepidoptera. These are mainly see in the Sawfly family and while the larvae superficially resemble caterpillars, they can be distinguished by the presence of prolegs on every abdominal segment. Another difference is that lepidopteran caterpillars have crochets or hooks on the prolegs while these are absent on the sawfly larvae. Another difference in lepidopteran caterpillars is the upside down Y shaped suture on the front of the head. The larvae of sawflies differ also in having prominent ocelli on the head capsule.


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Hello JC,
Great colours... Blue & yellow!
Nice colours and good details in the insect...
Well framed in a pleasant composition!
Pablo -

Vraiment spécial cette chenille.
Bonne journée.

Hello Jitti,

Colourful and nice, nevertheless it's a sawfly larva (Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Tenthredinidae) without doubt.

Best regards,

Hello Jitty, nice composition.
Great colors, sharpness and details.
Well done and TSf.


Hi Jitti,
Very nicely capturing this interesting caterpillar. I cannot say caterpillar is beautiful, but this picture is! Sharp and very neat. Blurry BG is nice. Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

hi jitti
les chenilles sont des fois plus belles que le papillon qu'elles deviendront.je ne sais pas ce que deviendra celle-ci mais elle a de vraiment belles couleurs.bonne netteté aussi.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-09-08 5:28]

Hi Jitti,
You are right about the beauty of this creature. Very strange and vivid colours.Well framed and captured

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-09-08 5:38]

Hi Jitti.
Colour palette of your beautiful shot is rich and astonishing. BG is excellent blurred and amazing. Captured insect is seldom for me. I have never seen such specimen. Details and sharpness of foreground are perfect. Also exposure and contrast.

My friend Serge Miclo (Pictures_Collec: http://www.treknature.com/members/Pictures_Collec) advised me to avoid right angles. If the caterpillar would be a bit inclined, may be it would be better. Though I am not assured.

TFS and my best regards.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-09-08 6:42]

Hi Jitti,
beautiful and unusual caterpillar, great colours and DOF. I like it. Good captured.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-08 7:05]

Espectacular oruga con bellos colores y muy bien retratada.
Buena nitidez y contraste con el entorno, así como un apropiado DOF y encuadre.
Saludos... Ricardo

Spectacular caterpillar with beautiful colors and very well depicted.
Good clarity and contrast with the environment, as well as a appropriate DOF and framing.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-08 7:16]

Hi Jitti,
what a wonderful find and you captured it very well. The colors are great and the nice diagonal composition looks great. POV, sharpness and details are wonderful.

Hi Jitti,
WOW! the colors in that caterpillar are really unique. Really sharp defined detail. Perfect control on the DOF.Overall a superb shot!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-08 7:43]

Wow, this fellow must be Swedish - he's the colour of our flag! Very unusual colour for a caterpillar. Great sharp shot against the nicely coloured background.
TFS, Ulla

with a colour like that it is enough to worry anyone or anything. what a blue.

great shot and TFS

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-08 11:30]

Hi JC, what an amazing coloured caterpillar. Good details and exposure. Never seen a blue one before. TFS.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-09-08 12:56]

Hi Jitti,
Very special color and the texture looks like pastic! I don't think birds want to eat it, so it is a good survival trick!
Well done and TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-08 16:24]

Hi Jitti,
I like it of course! It's a beautiful caterpillar with great and pure colors and a brilliant aspect. Very good details, colors, bg and compostion.
TFS, José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-08 18:54]

Hi Jitti

I wonder if the butterfly will be as beautiful.The details are really good and the colours are well saturated.I like the way you composed and presented the photo. TFS


Hello Jitti!
Yes, it is beautiful and eye catching. Good POV with camera placement paralel to the subject, nicely blurred background. The blue color of the caterpillar is very beautiful, but I doubt it's safe. I think birds must love it since it's fairly easy to spot. Maybe it's poisonous, though...

Amazing colours on this catterpillar!
Great composition also.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


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  • Artur Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 8] (1102)
  • [2006-09-10 10:43]
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Hi Jitti

wow, that's a ncie one :)

yep, Osmeterium is right, it's a sawfly larva (Tenthredinidae), not a caterpillar - the difference lies in the supplementary legs

they are often very colourful and sposematic and some species aggregate to enhance the repulsive effect


Salut Jetti
Encore une superbe photo d'une belle chenille qui va de venir un superbe papillon,la couleur de cette chenille est sublime.La belle composition et beau BG rende la photo très intéressante.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-09-11 4:53]

Hi Jitty!
It looks too much like those jelly sweets, that children are so keen on. Perfect work-focus, color, pov!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-09-11 15:46]

Hello Jitti !
Wow, what a caterpillar ! I have never seen a blue one before, really amazing ! And you have captured him so nicely ! Sharpness, details, exposure, composition, POV, everything is excellent. I wonder what he will look like once he turned into a butterfly... Very well done !

Amazing capture, what colours.
I have to agree with Artur, I think its a sawfly larvae not a catapillar. TFS

Another GREAT capture.
Excellent clarity, focusing & presentation.
Love its BG.
Great POV & DOF.
Best regards,

I must say I've never seen a Blue caterpillar before. This is why I love TN so much....new species pop up all the time. Beautiful detail, colours and framing. Thanks for sharing Jitti.

Fantastic colours in this image, JC.
Both the subject and the background are in tune with one another.
Well done and TFS.

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