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fluffy caterpillar (Lymantriidae )

fluffy caterpillar (Lymantriidae )
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Copyright: krishnagopal Kodoth (dugulk) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 5 N: 47] (325)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-08 6:53
Viewed: 5830
Points: 6
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Thanks to Peter who gave me the ID of the larvae..
it's the larvae from the moth family of Lymantriidae.
The larvae are also hairy, often with hairs packed in tufts, and in many species the hairs break off very easily and are extremely irritating to the skin (especially members of the genus Euproctis; Schaefer, 1989). This highly effective defence serves the moth throughout its life cycle as the hairs are incorporated into the cocoon, from where they are collected and stored by the emerging adult female at the tip of the abdomen and used to camouflage and protect the eggs as they are laid. In others, the eggs are covered by a froth that soon hardens, or are camouflaged by material the female collects and sticks to them (Schaefer, 1989). In the larvae of some species, hairs are gathered in dense tufts along the back and this gives them the common name of tussocks or tussock moths.

This one was spotted ibviously for it's amazing fluffy dress code :-). Iam not very good in insect ID...but some how i have the feeling after seeing this caterpillar's fluffy coat that i might be a larvae of some good looking moth....but i might be wrong... experts can help by giving the ID..

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-08 9:36]
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Namaste Krishnagopal,

this picture is characterized and particular for its beautiful natural colours.
The fine structures of the caterpillar - hairs can be counted - are nicely visible.
It's a matter of personal view whether the blurred leaf at the bottom is essential or not.
On the one hand, it leads to a more 3-dimensional view, on the other hand it is a little distracting.

With respect to the species, I can only say that the caterpillar belongs to the moth
family Lymantriidae which is rather species-rich.

Best wishes, Peter

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-09 0:57]

Hello Krishnagopal,
excellent clarity and superbs sharpness in shooting this caterpillar. Hairs and pattern is very detailed and a beautiful nature in action.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-09 2:32]

Hello Gopal, Well shot and nice focus. Excellent clarity and focus. TFS Ganesh

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