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Wine Red Caterpillar


Wine Red Caterpillar
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2827 W: 0 N: 6690] (25820)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-05 1:09
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The Caterpillar of Malay Lacewing (Cethosia hypsea hypsina)

I have seen this caterpillar sometimes ago. but i could not guess to which species it belongs to. Today as I looking for any nature sunject to shot I noticed this caterpillar and a few of his crawling friends on the Passion Fruit vine (Adenia spp.)
then i saw a few Malay lacewing butterflies circling around the vines.
My inference is that the caterpillar belongs to the Malay Lacewing. Then I did a bit if reference ans I strongly believe that my inference is correct.

The wine red caterpillar has long spines and is known to feed on Passion Fruit vine (Adenia spp.)
The eggs of the Malay Lacewing are laid in large clusters on the underside of a youngish or middle-aged leaf, around a stem or a tendril. Each egg is pale yellow, cylindrical and ribbed, taller than broad (1.5mm versus 1mm).
Each egg takes about 6 days to mature. The young caterpillar pushes its way through the cracked egg shell, and does not bother to eat the empty egg shell. The newly hatched has a cylindrical body in yellowish brown, and an initial body length of about 3mm. The body is covered in a grid of dark tubercles, each with a single long seta. The head is black and there is a pair of short black spines on the first thoracic segment. The young caterpillar either skims the lamina on a young leaf or nibbles away at the tip of a young stem. The Malay Lacewing caterpillars are gregarious throughout all five instars, often eating (leaves and stems) and moulting together in groups.
As the 1st instar caterpillar grows to a length of 5mm, the body color changes gradually to pinky red, and a faint white saddle mark appears on the 4th abdominal segment. After about 2.5 days in 1st instar, the caterpillar moults to the next instar.
The 2nd instar caterpillar has a wine-red body colour, and the rows of tubercles in the 1st instar are replaced by 6 longitudinal rows of dark fine-pointed spines, 3 to each side of the body. The spines in uppermost two rows are the longest. A pair of short and black coronal spine appears on the head. The white saddle is now more prominently marked, and carries black-tipped white spines. This instar lasts 2.5 days with the body length reaching about 9mm before the next moult.

In the 3rd instar, there is no drastic change in physical appearance except for proportionately longer coronal spines (now about the same length as the height of the head capsule), and the larger and more distinct white saddle mark. This instar takes 3 days to complete with body length reaching about 16mm.
The coronal spines in the 4th instar caterpillar are again longer proportionately with the length of each spine about equal to the 1.5x height of the head capsule. The 4th instar lasts about 2-3 days with body length reaching about 24mm.
The next moult brings the caterpillar to its 5th and final instar. Now the coronal spines are about 2x the height of the head capsule. The upper half of the body is bright wine red, while the lower half is dark red. This phase lasts for 4 days before the caterpillar stops eating, and at this time the body length is 38-40mm.
Pupation takes place a day later. The pupa hangs vertically. It has two pairs of pointed white processes at the middle of its body and a number of less prominent dorsolateral processes. A pair of black foliaceous processes adorn the head. Body color is pale brown mottled with white and black patches, and several dorsal spots of bright gold. When disturbed, the body could jerk sideways through the movement of the posterior abdominal segments. Length of pupae: 28-29mm.

Pupation takes place a day later. The pupa hangs vertically. It has two pairs of pointed white processes at the middle of its body and a number of less prominent dorsolateral processes. A pair of black foliaceous processes adorn the head. Body color is pale brown mottled with white and black patches, and several dorsal spots of bright gold. When disturbed, the body could jerk sideways through the movement of the posterior abdominal segments. Length of pupae: 28-29mm.

Pupation takes place a day later. The pupa hangs vertically. It has two pairs of pointed white processes at the middle of its body and a number of less prominent dorsolateral processes. A pair of black foliaceous processes adorn the head. Body color is pale brown mottled with white and black patches, and several dorsal spots of bright gold. When disturbed, the body could jerk sideways through the movement of the posterior abdominal segments. Length of pupae: 28-29mm.

After 7 days of development, the pupa becomes darkened. The next day the adult butterfly emerges to kick-start the next cycle in its lineage.




Ref:
http://butterflycircle.blogspot.com/2008/06/life-history-of-malay-lacewing.html

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Hi MF Foozi, a spectacular and perfect capture of a rarely seen beautifully coloured caterpillar with an excellent details, clarity and fine diagonal composition.
TFS and cheers,
Bayram

Ciao Foozi, beautiful moth with fantastic colors, good details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 0 N: 944] (13602)
  • [2009-06-05 4:13]

Slav Foozi,
Very fantastic capture of this colourful caterpillar.Nice composition and excellent sharp and details.
Regards.
Dűrzan

Hi Foozi

Brilliant capture of this impressive caterpilla. Excellent sharpness and I like the composition.

Chris

Awesome picture Foozi. Excellent bright colours and brightness. Nice vertical position too. Good composition!

TFS,
Kedar

Hello Foozi,
what a wonderful picture of this colourful Caterpillar, very good sharpness and beautiful contrast of the vivid colours, very nice diagonal composition
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

hello Foozi
great picture with beautiful colours
i have a coppel found in greece of caterpillars
i send them also to TN
great composition!!
greeting lou

Bonjour Foozi
Qu'elle belle capture de cette chenille qui fera un sans doute un superbe papillon. Bon détails et belle profondeur de champs .
Merci et au revoir...JP,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4962 W: 170 N: 12460] (45699)
  • [2009-06-05 10:43]

Hello Foozi,
What an impressive colours in this photo, very well saturated. Good sharp details, DOF and diagonal composition.
Have a good weekend,
Peter

hello Foozi!
really gaudy colors in this caterpillar
caught in a green environment with excellent details......interesting note..

greetings sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5062 W: 88 N: 13803] (56844)
  • [2009-06-05 14:11]

Hi Foozi,but how many strange creatures lives in your country? I'm really surprising,every day a fantastic and incredible new!! What a colors impressives this caterpillar! Your gallery is surely the most original on TN! My best compliments,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 10 N: 8043] (25458)
  • [2009-06-05 16:44]

Hi Foozi,

A wonderful macro of this caterpillar with the vivid colors and sharp details. I love the setting and the diagonal composition.

Jane

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2009-06-05 22:07]

Hi Foozi,
Wonderful shot of this caterpillar with such amazing colours and details. Very neat and sharp image. Looks great against the green surrounding and those spikes are very interesting. Great lighting and I like your POV to portray it. Excellent composition. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

hello Foozi
very good natural colourful scene and pose,great macro photo
TFS have a nice weekend
Nasos

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1614 W: 106 N: 3206] (15159)
  • [2009-06-06 0:02]

hi,
very good specimen, looks deadly with its colors and spines. fine capture with good diagonal composition. tfs.
nagraj.v

Hi Foozi,
Another spectacular and colourful bug you have found for us,and captured it perfectly,as usual.
An amazing looking creature.
Cheers & TFS
Steve

Hi Foozi,

Excellent macro and great colors! ... very good approach, delivering much detail and sharpness to the caterpillar. I like the contrast generated by the totally green foliage and very dimmed by distance. Well done!


Regards,

Jesús

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-06-06 13:28]

Hello Foozi,

This is an excellent capture of this exotic looking caterpillar. Lovely details and rich colors. The composition is nice with an original POV and effective too. The sharpness and lighting is wonderful. TFS.
Pearl.

Hello Foozi
this caterpillar is wonderful with beautiful colors, great pose on this leaves
POV and DOF are excellent, very good sharpness
Have a nice sunday
Jacqueline

Hello Foozi !
What a beautiful caterpillar ! I love his colors and his shape with all these "spikes" ! You have also captured it very nicely, with sharp details, in a great pose, with vivid colors. The composition and POV are wonderful, too. Very well done !
Valérie.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3054 W: 3 N: 8571] (39796)
  • [2009-06-07 4:46]

Hello Foozi,
A very interesting looking caterpillar, excellently presented with this colorful and well composed picture. Good sharpness on the whole creature, which is not so easy with caterpillars. I also like your efficient square framing here. Great shot and good note.
Thanks a lot. Kind regards
Anne

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4343 W: 135 N: 7075] (23685)
  • [2009-06-08 23:34]

Hi Foozi.
I have never seen such beautiful caterpillars. You have presented it by the best way with terrific details, amazing colours and wonderful scenery. Well done and kind regards.
Alexei.

Witaj Foozi,
Beauty caterpillar, because it will reform in miraculous butterfly. Though colours are replete very, picture is charming. Greatly instructive description.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3060 W: 108 N: 12171] (51056)
  • [2009-06-21 12:40]

Hello Foozi,
Excellent sharp picture of this caterpillar. Beautiful composition. Wonderful light and vivid colours.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Foozi,

The leaves and the branch are framing well the insect. The close-up view is showing the details an colors of the caterpillar. It is clear and sharp. The light has a good effect on the colors of the picture. Have a nice day.

Pierre

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