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Tussock Moth's Caterpillar

Tussock Moth's Caterpillar
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Kenko UV 62mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/13 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1, Nature with Canon EOS400D [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-30 7:40
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am not sure about its exact ID but I am sure it is some sort of Tussock moth's caterpillar. Help needed for its exact ID.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lymantriidae

Shot taken in cloudy and windy conditions. Our gardener was trimming the plants on our terrace. He was about to kill this as it is a pest in his terms. But I carefully place this over the wall and took some shots with help of tripod. And then left it in one of our back yard trees. I am not sure what its food plant was. Hope it survived. Anyway. Hope you will like.

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Hello Haraprasan!
I am not a specialist in Lepidoptera, but in Europe we have very similar species belonging to genus Orgyia, of course belonging to family Lymatriidae.
Very nice, artistic picture! The caterpillar looks simply great! :)
All the best from Lodz,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-04-30 8:27]

Hi Haraprasan,
Lovely work!Well seen and composed.Contrast between BG and main object is very nice.Thanks for sharing!

Hello Haraprasan,

Very nice composition. Good POV and sharpness. The caterpillar stands out very well against the dark background. Beautiful colours. Do not worry, I am sure it will survive, at least if it not come back to close to gardener :-).

Nice details, colors, and light HP. The flower/subject stands out very well from your Bg also..Saved from sure death. The least he could do was pose for ya :)
A very cool looking cat!
Well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-30 9:29]

Hi Haraprasan,

I am no help with ID's but whatever it is makes a beautiful picture on the lovely flower. Details and textures are amazing. Wonderful colors and composition.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-30 9:56]

Hi Hara,fantastic sharpness and details,the Orgya is not easy to take so perfectly,very nice work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-30 10:57]

Hi Haraaprasan. This is a very good close up shot of the hairy caterpillar . you have taken it with fine detail and natural colours. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Haraprasan, wonderful caterpillar with fine details, good DOF and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Haraprasan,

Very good composition with good of sharpness and lots of details.
Beautiful colours too.


Unusual yes but artistically as well as notably well done and beyond. There is a sheer beuaty to this image...it somehow shows differing forms of nature combined in a dance....very nicely composed HP

Wowww. Haraprasan! What a beautifull, beautifull and beautifull macro shot! All are perfect!
TFS and Regards,

Spendid macro shot example of your excellent photography Haraprasan. TFS.

Hello Haraprasan,

I could not tell what this was in the thumbnail!
This really is a most unusual caterpillar! Thank you for introducing me to it!
Excellent details of this tufted, hairy body and very nice composition!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Prasan,
Excellent shot with such sharpness on this caterpillar! great job!
the colour and details is superb
well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-01 1:20]

Hi Haraprasan,

this looks very much like a Vapourer Moth caterpillar. I looks very similar to this one except in colouring.
Anyway a very nice capture of this impressive caterpillar!
Very finely detailed and super-sharp.
Great lighting and colours.
An excellent BG.
Well done!!!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-01 1:46]

Hello HP, I am not sure about the ID. For a moment I thought there is something on the ground. But after looking at it realised the little fella. Good view and sharp picture. Ganesh

Hi My beloved Friend Haraprasan,
Superb and fantastic close up capture in all aspects! TFS. Cheers,


The rich growth of spiky hair on this caterpillar's delicate looking body have been captured very well, HP.
Crawling across a fallen flower, the subject looks quite pretty.
The use of tripod certainly makes a difference in terms of overall quality of the image.
TFS and regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-01 4:29]

Hello Haraprasan,
Yes this is certainly a Lymantriid caterpillar, looking similar to the European Varpourer moth (Orgyia sp.).
Nice capture of it with fine sharpness and taken from a good POV on the composite flower.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,

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  • san Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 23] (166)
  • [2008-05-01 10:15]

Hello sir!
Superb clarity. The very sight of the creature gives goosepimples!

Hello Haraprasan,
This is a fine and interesting insect, and this great reproduction do full justice!
Impressive details, as the hair comes out pin sharp, DoF spot on isolating the subject well...
Effective point of view and a fine composition!
Pablo -

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