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larvae of The Baron

larvae of The Baron
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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: 2005-12-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A620
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-12 5:24
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Finally this has been identified by a treknature member

Dmitry Gavryushin

thank you Dmitry for this id.

The image is that of a larvae of The Baron (Euthalia aconthea gurda)

This beautiful and gorgeous caterpillar i found on a stone crawling elegantly.
The Baron (Euthalia aconthea gurda) is quite widely distributed. This species is found in Sri Lanka and India through Sundaland to the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is said to be common in Singapore. The larval food plant is mango (Mangifera indica), and it may be found in some numbers in orchards and gardens where this fruit tree is grown. The caterpillars have also been found feeding on cashew nut (Anacardium occidentale) and on some kinds of mistletoe.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-02-12 5:49]
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I don't know what kind this is but you have made a remarkeble photo of it. Nice colors and an interesting POV.

Hi Krishnagopal,
wow, that's such an interesting caterpillar.
I've never seen such an animal before.
It's so wonderful with very good sharpness and colours, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Krishnagopal,

Very good subject , POV and sharpness is perfect. Will try and check on this caterpillar and let u know the details. Real good pic.



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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-12 8:00]
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Very exotic indeed!
Complex on details to catch with a camera.
Great job!

Hi krishnagopal, exclent photo of this uncomon catepillar. I dont know the family but is wonderful. TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-12 8:13]
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Interesting caterpillar, in the thumb I thought it was a sort of fern. The colors are amazing, wonderful details.
thx for sharing.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2006-02-12 9:12]
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Hi Krishnagopal,

Yuck !! - these things give me the creeps.
One cannot help however to admire the detail of this interesting creature.

I hope you did not have to get to close to it to take this marvellous shot.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-02-12 10:05]
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The caterpillar is really wonderful. Thank for share this beatiful animal.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2006-02-12 11:05]
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Never seen this rare caterpilar. Beautiful shot,well coloured.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-12 11:56]
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Hi Krishnagopal
Are you sure this is not the feather from a peacock or some other exotic bird?
Very well done with this strange (out of this world) caterpillar. It's just amazing what you do see and the anticipation for what you'll see next on TN.
The colours are good and so are the composition + POV. The f/2.8 resulted in the DOF being slightly shallow so the focus on the head lost out somewhat.
Still it is a great capture of a very unusual insect and I really hope someone can help with the ID.
Well done and TFS.

What an amazing caterpillar, Krishna. I have never seen anything like that! The wonders of nature. Great shot with sharp details and fantastic POV. TFS. : )

Hello Krishnagopal,
Out of this world!. I never see that species. Good colors and focus in left, but not good focus on right. I think you must use a f/16 and a faster speed, if you can.

Hi Krishnagopal,
That's for sure a larva of an Euthalia sp. butterfly (Nymphalidae, Nymphalinae), more likely of the Common Baron, Euthalia aconthea. There's a number of this genus spp. in India, though. E. aconthea feeds on mango and cashew nut.
Concerning technical details, I think you'd better try to put the whole critter which luckily is flat enough into focus.

Best regards,

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-18 2:36]
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Fantastic creature, Krishnagopal.
Thank you.

Wow ! nice colors !

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