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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/458 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-22 4:53
Viewed: 3891
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just a green caterpillar trying to figure out how to get down of this dandelion. It looks a bit like a danegerous circus actobats, if you look closer you will even see a secure rope ;-)

I don't know yet what kind of catepillar it is. I will try to find something a bit later.

As for now, judging on the way it moved I can suspect that these fellow belong to the Geometridae family.

The caterpillars from this family has quite exceptional way of walking. Simple description - they look as if they were measuring their road using own body.
These fellows are equipped with claspers at both ends of the body. When "walking" caterpillar will clasp with its front legs and draw up the hind end, then clasp with the hind end and reach out for a new front attachment (these is what you can see on my picture).

Caterpillars of this family are accordingly called loopers or inchworms.

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Hi Monika,
Perfect picture, informative note. Very well done and TFS.

That is a wonderful shot ! Excellent sharpness and details, wonderful colors, nice composition and POV, but moreover a wonderful pose of the caterpillar. I love the way it's standing on this dandelion. A perfect shot !

Witaj Moniko!
Wspaniale zdjecie! Swietny kadr, detale i kolorki. Wyglada jakby wlasnie wystartowala, zeby przejsc po tej "linie" :)

Witaj Monika,

Świetne zdjęcie.
Bardzo dobry kadr, ostrość, kolor i kompozycja.
Tradycyjnie - perfekt!
Podoba się bardzo.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-05-22 5:56]
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Hallo Monika, a nice scene which you captured well. On the segments, orange-brown spiracles and setae ('hairs') can be seen. It will be difficult to identify the species of this Geometride. Judged from the pattern of setae on the body and on the head capsule, this caterpillar represents the first or second larval stage. In most cases, these 'early' early stages look quite different compared to the final instar larvae. The problem is that you will not find pictures of the first developmental stages in text-books.
The picture, however, is nice even without identification.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-22 6:03]

Fantastic capture Monika!
A very dificult decision to take...! End of the line!
Excellent DOF and details!
Very good and interesting POV!
5* and TFS!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-05-22 6:30]

Hello Monika, excellent composition with this caterpillar in equilibrium! Colors and sharpness are great. Good job, Didier.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-22 6:32]

Monika, superb shot of the caterpillar and the dandelion head. His life-line thread stands out very well. Well captured, and your notes are alway a joy to read. Thank you

You kept up the good work. :) It is always nice to browse your portfolio here on TN and it's been a while. Great shot. Nice pose. Very well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-05-22 6:41]

AWESOME SHOT!!!Excellent details,&POV is superb.TFS!!


Well Composed pic with good POV, DOF, BG and sharpness of subject. Detail is excellent as even the hairs etc can be seen. TFS,

Excellent macro closeup of this very detailed caterpillar. The colors are fantastic. The situation makes for a very interesting picture. :)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-22 7:04]

GREAT ! What a superb composition. Excellent pose for this nice caterpillar ! Colors, DOF, BG, sharpness and exposure are super. Interesting complementary note. Congratulations Monika and TFS.

very nice shot and great capture

Hi Monika,
Excellent macro! Great composition and framing on this shot. Beautiful saturated colors in the caterpillar and the great OOF backround. Detail is very sharp. Perfect control on the DOF. Nice work!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-22 7:34]
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Hi Monika!
You know what? I had got a dream ;-) You'll but dSLR, forget about physics and become professional nature photographer :-) What do you think? Another superb photo. Very good moment and composition, interesting insect. Note too short :-)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-22 7:44]

Hi Monika,
You have create a wonderful and beautiful picture with a so simple subject. Technically perfect, the composition is the most. I like in this shot even your signature! Very well done!
José M.

Hi Monika,
Great title and your model has posed so nicely for ya :)
Sharp detail, excellent light, BG, and color.
Very well managed DOF also..
Very nicely done!!

Hello Monika, what a wonderful photo, Perfect colors and details, perfect capture with a out standing POV, Great Job, TFS Kyle

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-22 9:04]

Hello Monika,
Perfect and rare seen close up.Colors,simple BG,moment you caught,details and composition are wonderful.

Sorry short on time tonight.

Fantastic composition, well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-22 10:04]

Hello Minika,
walking on air! excellent capture, great details excellent sharpnes. POV, Colors and composition are lovely.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-22 11:07]
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Hi Monika,
What a great moment you have caught. I love the pose of this caterpillar puzzling over his next move. Great pose and POV.
Sharp details. We can even see the thread. I wonder what it is for?
A wonderful composition with the caterpillar hanging in the air.
TFS. ; )

Yes, I have seen them moving around like that, Monika, as if measuring the path with the length of their own bodies.
Very good macro with fine details of both the insect and the dandlion stub.

hi monika
il faudrait etre difficile pour trouver quelque chos a redire a ce cliché.
la posture de la chenille est interressante.felicitations.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-05-22 14:31]

monika is showing us her perfect eye again! :-)
the compositon is fantastic.
awesome pov and details - even a little thread
it spun is visible.
grzegorz is right, photographing is better than physics. *g*
very well done & take care,
thor (chemist).

Doskonałe zdjęcie - ostre, oryginane kolory. Niestety nie potrafię zidentyfikować gatunku - ale poszukam jeszcze ;-)


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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-05-22 18:28]

Excellent macro, Monika.
Perfect sharpness. Composition, colour and exposure is excellent. Very well done. I like it.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Bonjour Monica
Félicitation pour cette merveilleuse prise en macro,les détails et les couleurs ainsi que la composition et beau Bg tout est parfait.
Bravo et merci pour le partage....JP

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-23 3:56]
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Hello Monika,
Excellent shot, perfect moment to capture. He looks like he is trying to find something else to step onto, and yes I see the safety rope :-)
Everything technical is perfect, a great note too. Good post.

Znakomity moment uchwycilas. POGRATULOWAC :-)
Bardzo dobry kadr, kolory a ostrosc tam gdzie byc powinna :-)
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

Great shot! All the colours are wonderful. The composition and framing are perfect too! I like the pov a lot! Secure rope! just amazing! The old dandelion is a luck of you!
WELL DONE (veeery;-)

Oh! Points tomorrow! Don't worry about it;-)

Hello Monika.
Simply superb, I like how this catterpillar make balance in this old flower. excellent framing, colours and details
Best regards

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-24 18:00]

Hi Monika
wonderful composition. Great colours, details, sharpnes, DOF and POV. also good note.
Well done Monika


Hi Monika,
A bit of a late one last night (more work, not fun!!). Just time for a very quick visit. Have a lovely weekend my friend.
Thanks for posting, well worth a big smiley.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-05-26 15:19]

Hello Monika!

What a wondeful picture you offer us here! I laugh when I read your note about the secure rope :-D Everything's perfect on that photo: the composition is excellent! the bg cannot be better! the pov, gorgious! and the colors looks so natural! Very well done! TFS,


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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2006-05-26 16:13]

Hi Monika,
What a lovely capture. The mushroom shaped dry flower-head add dynamism to the composition with its form and colour.
Very good work.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-29 7:11]

Hi Monika.
" I AM ROYAL GREEN " ...Wonderful macro and fantasctic capture, excellent moment and composition, great colors and details,magnific photo,is true excellent,good note.
Thanks and I wait more photos , comments , tips and critiques.


thanks for welcome. I see your photo: fantastic shot and well done description. An example to follow. 'bye

Hi Monika,
This is simply excellent as are all your recent macro posts
I especially like the securing rope!
TFS - Shir

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2006-06-13 15:26]

Hi Monika
Thanks for visiting, you have improved such a lot, splendid macros!
Love the action here, and your "signature"

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-15 1:51]

Hello Monika,
A great capture of this caterpillar.
Excellent detail,POV and DOF.
A great pose you caught.
Very well done.


Looks like he's going to rapal down with that piece of webbing attached to his leg haha. How can he sit there like that and not fall off? Great colors and DOF. Funny capture.

Czesc Monia,

no i odwiedzilam i jestem w szoku!!!

Hi Monika;this your photo best frame-shot.Very good colors,nice caterpillar.

Excellent shot! Beautiful colours, and you have captured an amazing moment.

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