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Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth
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Copyright: Alina Kol (Alutka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon 60 mm f 2,8 EF-S
Exposure: f/9.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-25 12:29
Viewed: 2682
Points: 0
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Gypsy Moth - Lymantria dispar ( Linnaeus, 1758)

Caterpillars emerge from their egg cases in spring, just as tree leaves are opening. The gypsy moth caterpillar, like other tussock moths, is covered in long hairs giving it a fuzzy appearance. Its body is gray, but the key to identifying a caterpillar as a gypsy moth lies in the dots along its back. A late stage caterpillar develops pairs of blue and red dots - usually 5 pairs of blue dots in the front, followed by 6 pairs of red dots.

Newly emerged larvae crawl to the ends of branches and hang from silk threads, letting the wind carry them to other trees. Most travel up to 150 feet on the breeze, but some can go as far as a mile, making control of gypsy moth populations a challenge. Early stage caterpillars feed near the tops of trees during the night. When the sun comes up, the caterpillars will descend and find shelter under leaves and branches. Later stage caterpillars will feed on lower branches, and may be observed crawling to new trees as defoliation spreads.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-25 12:54]

Hallo Alina,
Swietne zdjecie tej owlosionej gasienicy!Bardzo dobra kompozycja i prezentacja.Idealna kolorystyka.Ostrosc i kontrast bez zastrzezen.Pozdrawiam Siggi

  • caspian Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 272 W: 0 N: 387] (1342)
  • [2010-07-26 1:57]

Hello Alina,

I did not previously find a very interesting kind of opportunity.
Have a fantastic view of the genre.
With the successful capture everything.
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,

  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-07-26 6:24]

Witaj Alinko,
Bardzo zadziwiajace niepospolite ujecie. Urzekaja ksztalt i kolorystyka plastyczna, takie malarskie.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

hello Alina
very good macro with great sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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