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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 80-210mm, @ ISO 50, Close-up +1
Exposure: f/4.7, 1/97 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Caterpillars, CATERPILLARS OF AMERICA, Nature's cutest [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-09 20:01
Viewed: 5829
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are various psychedelic phenomena in the world: music, mushrooms, drugs etc. However, I believe that one can achieve a true psychedelic experience just observing nature, especially caterpillars... wouldn't you agree looking at these incredible creatures?

When I saw them at noon of that incredibly hot day in pine savannah (a very interesting type of plant community - please see it in my workshop 1), when sweat was flooding my eyes, I was pretty sure it's just hallucination. And however I photographed them, it took me quite long time to identify this species...

Family: Arctiidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae
Tribe: Pericopini
Species: Composia fidelissima Herrich-Schäffer, 1866
English name: Faithful Beauty

It appeared to be a tropical moth with range including Central and South America to Uruguay, Cuba, Bahamas and Cayman islands. In North America it occurs only in extremely south Florida so I was quite lucky to find it. The larvae display gregarious behaviour and feed on Devil's Potato (Echites umbellata), a poisonous vine-like plant you'll find in my workshop 2.

And look in what a incredible moth it turns, I wish I could observe that as well....

The family to which the moth belongs - Arctiidae - is a large and diverse group of moths with around 11,000 species found all over the world, with 6000 Neotropical species. This family includes the groups commonly known as tiger moths (or tigers), which usually have bright colours, footmen (which are usually much drabber), lichen moths and wasp moths. Many species have 'hairy' caterpillars which are popularly known as woolly bears. The scientific name refers to the Greek word "arctos" meaning "a bear".

Many species retain distasteful or poisonous chemicals acquired from their host plants. Some species also have the ability to make their own defenses. Common defenses include: cardiac glycosides (or cardenolides), pyrrolizidine alkaloids, pyrazines and histamines. Larvae usually acquire these chemicals, and may retain them in the adult stage.
(source: Wikipedia)

Of course the picture has technical flaws I'm aware of. I had some problems with autofocus (the creatures were small), wind, tired hands holding camera etc.
But anyway I think these caterpillars are so unique that it's worth sharing with you...

blakitan, red45, cataclysta, elefantino, horia, anel, RAP, uleko, wkshelton, jmp, magal, glazzaro, thistle, JORAPAVI, Robespierre, peter_stoeckl, metcher, shirgold, izler, irimi has marked this note useful
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Hi Michal

Great macro, nice colors and foccusing.



Hello Michal,
Very interesting this carterpillar you bring us today.
It seems like small colored balls put together.
A sharp image with good details, nice composed and an adecuate frame used.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

Hi Michal,
Great DoF, sharp and very neat image.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-10 0:46]

Hi Michal,
What interesting caterpillars. The colors are amazing... and all those bristles.
From your workshop, I can see they are going to turn into amazing moths as well.
Very sharp details and good POV.
TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-10 2:13]

Czesc Michal!

Faktycznie niezle odjechane zwierzaki :-) Te kolory, wloski, jakies inne przydatki... musza byc niezle trujace. Piekne wakacje miales w niesamowitym miejscu, pewnie tylko duzo za krotkie :-)

Ten zestaw zasluguje na wielka pochwale. Bardzo mi sie podoba notka - super ciekawa z bardzo fajnymi dodatkowymi fotkami i ilustaracja doroslej cmy. Gasienice sa odjechane, bardzo fajne kolory i swietna kompozycja z lisciem

Great close-up!
Really colorfull and detailed.
Well composed and managed.
Good notes,too.


hi michal,
lovely shot,
well saturatee colours,
nice pov,good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-10 7:27]

This is really something!
I do agree with you, my friend, and say that if i were there, in those conditions that you describe, i would have thought i'm seeing things that aren't there :)
But, in fact, it turned out to be a fantastic post, with a serios of collateral link to other wonderfu lpictures :) [i like all of them - from the 2 Workshos and the one with the imago].
The colors here are simply fasinating and you managed to get a lot of details, too! The POV is excellent and the DOF is impressive.
Very beautiful work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-01-10 7:47]

Really cool and colorful shot.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-10 7:48]

Hi Michal,
I like your psychedelic experiences; they are so natural! In fact you made a super shot of this beautiful caterpillars,a good composition and there is no problem if some details are not razorsharp.
Best regards

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-10 8:38]

Excelente triple presentación Michal con la belleza de estos especímenes muy bien captados con gran detalle, debido a la agudeza, foco y coloración obtenidos.
el ajustado DOF brinda un desenfoque muy estético que colabora con la composición, además de la apropiada iluminación.
Las dos fotos complementarias junto con tus notas nos brindan una excelente idea del entorno donde fueron captadas.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Excellent triple presentation Michal with the beauty of these specimens very well captured with great detail, due to the obtained sharpness, focus and coloration.
Tight DOF offers a very aesthetic out of focus that collaborates with the composition, besides the appropriate illumination.
The two complementary pictures together with your notes offer us an excellent idea of the environment where they were captured.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-10 8:44]

Hello Cedryk,
What a shot, initially I thought they were delicious blue and red berries but I don't think they are fit to eat!! I understand your hallucination!
Fantastic to find and capture these larvae in such a bewildering environment. Excellent focus and superb colours and the composition is brilliant.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Michal,

Excllent work, great colors bg POV DOf perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo,

TFS Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-10 12:19]

Hi Michal,
I like a lot this caterpillar and its moth. Colors and composition are beatiful.
TFS, José M.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-10 15:34]

Hi Michal,
Truly amazing colours you captured here. Very nice diagonal framing with that leaf really adding such a wonderful effect for an excellent composition. Exposure, detail, POV and note are all top notch.

Excellent color and detail, well taken!


  • thistle Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
  • [2007-01-11 10:03]

Super post! Strasznie kolorowe te potworki i dobrze, bo switnie wygladaja na tym zielonym tle. Kadr bardzo w porzadku a z jakoscia wcale nie jest tak zle. Bardzo podoba mi sie zdjecie, ale opis tez jest swietny i te dodatkowe fotki bardzo wszystko wzbogacaja. Ogolnie post na piatke z plusem!
:-) jutro

Hola Michal,
Sencillamente espectacular la composición, nitidez, luz y color, enhorabuena. Saludos

Witaj Michale :)
Masz piekna galerie, ze zdjeciami o bardzo dobrej jakosci i pieknej kolorystyke. Swietne makro, kolorki super, bardzo dobra kompozycja i GO. Brawo ;-)

Hi Michal,
Great macro. Smashing, vivid colours. I like
the framing, the sharpness and the good background. The problems you mentioned are certainly not to be seen in your photo, it's worthwhile to share indeed. Great job!
Regards, Ruud

Hello Michal,
fascinating contribution that comprises a rich and complete description of a very special habitat.
The caterpillars look really psychedelic as you say. And you have captured them very well.
Such valuable contributions as this one with complete notes plus illustrating and explaining workshops are a real pleasure to see and to follow them through. You just took me on a fascinating trip to the Everglades.
Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-13 17:28]

Hi Michal!
Great capture! Nice neutral BG ,exploding vivid colours nice composition and details, very beautiful, and interesting note!

Hi, Michal.
Great macro. Colors are just amazing. Well composed. Good details and sharpness. Nice BG.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-29 21:28]

Hello Michal

A very colourful shot of these caterpillars.The POV and DOF are excellent and the shot is well focused.The details are very sharp and the colours are well saturated.The lighting is nice and the subject stands out nicely from the blurred BG.TFS


Hi Michal,
Amazing creatures with fantastic colors.
Quite an impressive detective work you did on these caterpillars!! - well done!
I would consider cropping some of the left side of the frame.
TFS - Shir

Hej Michal!
Piekne gasienice. kadr, kolory i ostrosc - super. Poczytalam sobie Twoje notatki, ktore sklonily mnie do wiekszego zainteresowania tym owadem. Jak na cme, posiada piekne barwy. Dziekuje za zdjecie i wyczerpujace notatki.
Gratuluje i serdecznie pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-09 9:24]

hello Michal
here is beautiful and different carterpillars for me. i like composition, point of view, background, colours, details and framing in your photo

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-04-03 4:58]

Hello Michal,
Beautiful, vivid colors. I liked the central placement of the caterpillars. Nice bokeh as well.


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