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The Vapourer

The Vapourer
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Copyright: Gert Paassen (Gert-Paassen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1832 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-19
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-27 10:18
Viewed: 4082
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Today an unusual insect.
I photographed it this year when I saw hinm on an Verbascum while I was gardening, yes sometimes I do that.
Thanks for the looking and critique on the frog.
I hope you like this also.

Latin name - Orgyia antiqua

The Vapourer
Wingspan 25-30 mm.

An unusual species in many ways, the males fly during the day (although the example depicted was attracted to light at night).

The females are virtually wingless, an attribute normally associated with winter-emerging species, but the adults are out from July to September, sometimes October in the south.

The female lays her eggs on what remains of the pupal cocoon, which then overwinter. When hatched, the very hairy caterpillars feed on a range of deciduous trees and shrubs.

The species is fairly common, especially in suburban habitats, over much of Britain, but more so in the south.
When your touch the caterpillarhairs of Orgyia they have a kind of poison. If you touch them too strong they stay in your skin and make you feel tingle in that place. It is really not nice.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-27 10:22]

Hello Gert,
What a funny caterpillar that you have well captured ! Colors, exposure, DOF, BG and sharpness are great ! I also appreciate the complementary note. Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 991 W: 27 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-27 10:22]

Hi Gert
Wonderful capture.
RAzvan Zinica

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-27 10:39]

Hi Gert. Now this is a very colourful caterpillar. Which you have taken with fine detail and sharp focusing. Wit hsuch bright colours. I like the 4 yellow tuffs on its back. all with interesting notes . well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-27 10:40]

Hi Gert,
Wonderful capure.POV,vivid colors,DOF and details are excellent
Thanks for posting.

Hi Big Bro gert,
A stunningly perfect macro of this pretty caterpillar with great detaşils and sharpnes.
TFS and cheers,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2461 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-27 10:51]

Hi Gert,

I have never seen such a beautiful caterpillar! The colors are wonderful - I love the yellow brushes across the top. Excellent details and you show off the textures very well. A wonderful position on the green leaf.


beautiful coloured caterpillar in perfect contrast and very good natural light ,
details are very fine and focus is great,

Hello Gert,
Superb capture of this caterpillar of Orgyia antiqua, excellent colours, and sharp and fine details. TFS. Greetings. Ferran.

Hi Gert,
a wonderful shot of this punker.
I love that caterpillar, I also had the great luck to capture this guy 2 years ago, they are lovely. Thanks, I like it very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Gert, great macro with wonderful strange bug, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and superb details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-27 12:23]

Hola Gert,
hermosa y colorida captura,
buen foco y composición,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-27 12:29]

Hello Gert,

Your catterpliar is very nice colored. You have shown well the colors and there is a fine contrast between the colors of the insect and the leaf it is sitting on. As the image is sharp good details of the insect can be seen.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-27 13:43]

Hello Gert !
You made such a wonderful encounter ! This caterpillar is really amazing, I love its shape, its colors, its hairs. I had never seen it before. The picture is clear and sharp, the whole caterpillar is in focus, and I also like the textures you managed to capture on the leaf. Very well done !

Hi Gert
Wonderful shot.
So colourful and sharp. It is very difficult object to photograph as there are always problems with DOF.

I would add to your note that hairs of Orgyia have kind of poison. If you touch them too strong they stay in your skin and make you feel tingle in that place. It is really not nice, unfortunately that happend to me once.

Thanks for sharing

Hello gert. beutiful shot of this colourful caterpillar.
TFS and greetings,

Hi Gert,
what a wonderful picture of a caterpillar, you have taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness, the colours are marvellous in a nice composition.
TFS. Best regards.

hello Gert

WOW ! superb macro photo of this insect,
shot with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
i love the excellent luminosity, the excellent
density of the colour tones, and the excellent contrast, TFS


hello Gert
a very interesting caterpillar with great colors, I like the yellow tuft on his back, the green leave makes a wonderful BG
TFS Jacqueline

It sounds a bit like the title of a movie..a mystery movie for sure....but this insect is not hiding anything from the camera or your eye...I wonder what this morphs to? Very nice on a wide green natural path!

Hi Gert,

Great capture of colourful punker.Very good sharpness and green leaf help to add the depth.Good useful note too.TFS.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2009-01-27 18:51]

Hi Gert,
very sharp and very clear shot of this catterpillar. The beauty is well rendered and
this small creature is a beauty forever.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2009-01-27 22:34]

Hello Gert,
What a great capture of the spectacular Vapourer Moth's Larva! Wonderful details of its decorations and beautiful colours. It looks good on the leaf and I like your composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

This is a superb shot, Gert...I love the perfect depth and clarity and the superb exposure!
Very well done, my friend!

hallo Gert,
zo mooi van kleur
en de scherpte is zo goed
je ziet alles van de rups
super plaatje, op het zo op het groen van het blad
groetjes lou

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1138 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-28 2:52]

Ha Gert,

Een gekleurde rups,met aardig wat aanhangsels,ja je komt soms rare beestjes tegen in de tuin,fraai vastgelegd,


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2009-01-28 3:50]

Hello Gert, So sweet and what a superb composition. The green leaf with the caterpillar is fantatic. TFS Ganesh

Hi Gert,
A nice capture of this beautiful vapourer caterpillar. Very well composed sharp image with a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 439] (1711)
  • [2009-01-28 10:36]

Hello Gert
very nice details, colors, exposure and contrast on the orgiya daisy not easy to portrait so fine.
It's a particular and unusual composition optimally contrasting with green leaf.
Well done

Hi Gert,
I thought that beautiful caterpillar might be of the stinging variety!
Your description of the sensation made me smile.
This is an excellent capture of the specimen.
Very nice work.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-31 2:12]

Zo dat is een mooie gert , mooie scherpte en kleuren goed weekend groeten teunie .

Hello Gert,
Very interesting species, well presented with nice details and colours. Thanks for sharing,

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