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Hiding from the birds?

Hiding from the birds?
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Copyright: Kiran K V (sunkirana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 29 N: 199] (1143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alpha 100, Sigma 105 Macro EX
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-10 4:22
Viewed: 3567
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken in the butterfly park in Thailand. It was a HUGE caterpillar, this! Googled, Wikied and did everything I could but not get the ID on this. A helping hand needed here on that :-).

Laurent has posted a good workshop of my pic. So I don't see any point in re-posting again, doing the same thing.

Some info about these beautiful life forms:

Caterpillars have rightly been called eating machines. They eat leaves voraciously, shed their skins generally four or five times, and eventually pupate into an adult form. Measured by weight increase, caterpillars have a very fast growth rate. For instance, a tobacco hornworm will increase its own weight ten thousand times in less than twenty days. One of their adaptations that enables them to eat this much is a mechanism in a specialized midgut which transports ions at a very high rate to the lumen (midgut cavity), to keep the potassium level higher in the midgut cavity than in the blood.

Caterpillars are predominantly herbivores: 99% of species feed on plants. A few feed on detritus including the clothes moth. Of those that are predatory, most feed on eggs of other insects, aphids, scale insects, or ant larvae. Some are cannibals, and others prey on caterpillars of other species (e.g. Hawai'ian Eupithecia ). A few are parasitic on cicadas or leaf hoppers.

Some Hawai'ian caterpillars (Hyposmocoma molluscivora) use silk traps to capture snails.

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bonjour kiran
une bonne photo qui meritait quelques legeres retouche a mon avis,pour cela j'ai fait un WS.

Hi Kiran,
Well focused and nice DoF. May need to increase saturation slightly to regain colors.
Very nice shot.


selam kiran; You managed to capture a very nice close-up shot. I like it perfect composition, amazing magnification ratio and excellent sharpness of the caterpillar image
well done regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-04-11 15:57]

Hello Kiran
Very nice composition, POV and colours . I also like frame. Good work! TFS

Hi Kiran,

Very fine macro with nice composition and colours!

Regards, Peter

Hi Kiran
Belle et intéressante macro pour cette superbe chenille qui a une position amusante et de jolies couleurs. Bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien adaptée

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-16 11:18]
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Hi Kiran.
Image of your shot is soft a bit. Other features of the picture are simply great. Especially I like fantastic BG, composition of the shot, cropping and subject. Note is great too. Bravo and my best wishes.

P.S. Did you use tripod?

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-25 20:26]

Hello Kiran,
Beautiful caterpillar you have captured with sharp focus and great exposure, thanks for sharing.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-05 10:01]

Good photo!Good colors and composition! Unfortunately I can't help you with thw ID of the caterpillar!

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