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Xylena exsoleta / caterpillar

Xylena exsoleta / caterpillar
Photo Information
Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-25 12:17
Viewed: 4789
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fotografato tre giorni fa, mente era intento a mangiare i fiori, ancora non sbocciati, di un’ombrella di Ferula communis


Xylena exsoleta (Linnaeus, 1758) /Sword-grass moth


Another image in WORKSHOP.

Sword-grass moth adults are large, with greyish-brown wings. The forewings can vary in colour, being darker in some individuals. The English name 'Sword-grass' is an old name for sedge, which was believed to be the foodplant of the caterpillars in 1778 when the species was given this name.
The adults fly in moorland and woodland habitats from September onwards. They then hibernate for the winter and reappear in March or April.

The caterpillars are plump in appearance and can grow up to 6.5 cm long. They are bright green in colour with two yellow lines passing along the back, between which are black spots with white centres. Along each side there is a white line topped with red dashes.
It feeds on a number of plants including Ferula spp.. Many plants of this genus, especially F. communis are referred to as "giant fennel," although they are not fennel in the strict sense.

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Ciao Marcello,
Very nice macro of this carterpillar, with great sharpness and beautiful colours.
Best regards,

Ciao Marcello,
awesome and beautiful macro with that super closeness, excellent!
the exposure and focus is spot on in total sharpness, good colour and details
well done

Hello Marcello,
This is a superb composition! Great clarity, superb detals, wonderful DOF and POV my friend. TFS.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-25 13:02]

Hola Marcello,
bella macro y color,
detalles y foco...
buen workshop.
saludos amigo.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-25 13:34]

Io sinceramente non so piu' cosa scrivere a commento,quando ci sono certe macro cosi' spettacolari e' impossibile trovare parole,la foto parla da sola,1000000 complimenti,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-25 14:18]

Hola Marcello.
Exelente Macro. Finos detalles se aprecien de este hermoso Gusanito. Muy bella imagen Marcello.

ciao Marcello,
una luminosita' e una definizione impressionanti,belli i colori e dettagli


Hi Marcello,

What a beautiful Caterpillar you are showing us here.
Wonderful colors and details.
Sharpness, clarity and exposure are great and DOF is excellent with perfect focus on the head of the Caterpillar.
Personally I would have cropped a small part of the right side to crop of the twig, or whatever it is on the right side in the background, because in my opinion it's a little distracting.
Nevertheless this is a beautiful image. Very well done. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hello Marcello,
Perfect and lovely capture of this caterpillar. TFS.

Hello Marcello,
Wonderful close-up at this caterpillar. Very nice color clarity. Details are clearly seen and appreciate. TFS,

Hello Marcello,

Excellent close-up of this colourful caterpillar. Beautiful composition. Great sharpness. The light and colours are wonderful.

Hola Marcello, muy buena aproximación, con buena luz y color. Un saludo

Hi Marcello,
A nice capture of this beautiful caterpillar. Excellent details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-26 3:50]

Ciao Marcello,
Bel macro!
Ottimi dettagli!

Ciao Marcello, bellissimo bruco con spendidi colori, otima la messa a fuoco e meravigliosi i dettagli, che dir di più...
Macro spettacolare, bravoissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-26 10:22]

Hello Marcello,
very nice close up of this caterpillar. You captured the colors and the details very well. Nice DOF and great OOF BG to show of this big fellow.
Very nice work

Hello Marcello,
Superb shot with nice details and DOF. TFS. Regards,

Hello Marcello,
Great shot of this beautiful caterpilar. Very nice, natural colours, perfect sharpness. It's a pity that only part of the body is visible ;-)


Bello ejemplo de encuadre Marcello, con un cuidado trabajo con el color. La toma a primera vista es muy impactante. Un bello conjunto.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana para tí también:

Josep Ignasi

Hola Marcelo.
Una gran macro.
Maravilla de detalles y bellos colores muy bien expuestos.
Buen encuadre y magnífica luz.
Saludos amigo, JL.


Hi Marcello.
Splendid macro of this wonderful caterpillar!
Excellent coloration and texture.
Very good details and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-04-02 14:59]

Hi Marcello
Great picture of this butterfly caterpillar
Great color, background, sharpnes and lighting


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-03 0:36]

Hi Marcello.
Simply terrific scene and great quality of the close-up image. I am impressed with your POV and framing of the image, very good DOF and sharpness of the main objects, splendid BG. Bravo and best wishes.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-16 12:56]
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WOW!! Qué macro!! Excelente perspectiva, enfoque, encuadre y composición.. Los detalles son magníficos y la oruga muy bonita e interesante.
Fantástico trabajo!

Ciao Marcello,

you vere very productive while I did'nt look! Sorry for this. You did a really good portrait of this eating caterpillar, a species I haven't seen befor. Thanks for this and the good note that goes with it.
Best regards

amazing closeup, TFS Ori

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