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Pale Tussock caterpillar

Pale Tussock caterpillar
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Italian Yellow, Unique pov [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-09 9:47
Viewed: 4211
Points: 50
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Pale Tussock - Calliteara pudibunda

While searching for mushrooms in a Beech forest earlier today, I bumped into this colourful and furry caterpillar with a red tail. It was moving about in the moss on a tree stump. I’ve never seen it before but have now found out that it is the caterpillar of the Pale Tussock that is a moth with a wingspan of 35-47 mm (male) and 46-62 mm (female). Its colours are greyish with beautiful wing markings. In Sweden it flies from April to June.

The eggs are laid in batches in June and the larvae feed from July until about now on Beech and other deciduous trees. When ready to pupate it falls to the ground and that’s how I found it! When I disturbed it it curled up into a little ball (see WORKSHOP).

The Pale Tussock is widespread in central and northern Europe.

I don’t know what poison this caterpillar injected in my Canon G9, but it packed up completely after I took these shots! I hope it can be repaired as I love this handy little camera!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-09 10:00]

Hello Ulla
Wonderful close up! Very sharp,great detail and exposure. Stands out really good with the green BG.Well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

Great performance Ulla! Sharp and detaisl are perfect and fabolouse light. Very well done.


Hello Ulla,
Great capture with superb clarity and amazing details.
Interesting hairy catterpillar with wonderful colours.
Have a nice weekend!

Enhorabuena por esta excepcional captura que en cuanto a formas,
colores y texturas rompe moldes. Una miniatura difícil de capturar
y que compartes con nosotros.
Saludos Ulla: Josep Ignasi.

Merhaba Ulla,

Çok değişik bir güve tırtılı, daha önce hiç görmedim.
Gayet de kıllı birşeymiş. Yeşil yosunlar üzerinde çok hoş bir kompozisyon oluşturmuşlar. Ellerine sağlık.
İyi pazarlar diliyorum. Selam ve sevgiler.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-09 13:51]

Hi Ulla,
What a beautiful caterpillar and what a wonderful capture.great details and splendid colors.TFS.

hello Ulla
what a beautiful caterpillar, with awesome coloration. great macro shot with great sharp details, POV/DOF and light using. composition with mosses looks splendid. nicely presented with good notes. also WS very nice. thanks for sharing, best regards

Hello Ulla,
What a pretty moth so well taken with very nice colours and sharpness. Amazing red tail. Hope you can repair your Camera, because it takes very nice shots. Good night,

Hi Ulla,
"G" Series cameras of Canon, have a superb performance for macro shots, you've taken great advantage of this, when taking photos as it.
Well done MF!... congratulatios, whe I see this shot, I learning a lot!

I like the impromptu way you just happen upon something valuable as this. It isn't the first time and shows that your eyes are clear as ever. I had two cataract surgeries 3 years ago. They only done eye at a time.

A lovely shot, Ulla.
I love the sharpness and the exposure.
Very well done!

Hi Ulla,

an real story and a pity for you and your camera.
Nice meeting with this beautiful caterpillar..
Good pov and sharpness.
fine colours.
I hope you camera can be repeared.


Very colourful Caterpillar of a Moth, Ulla.
Hope you found the mushrooms too in addition to the bonus of this fine picture. :)
The colour of this spiny creature is delicate and your capture of it is excellent.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-10-10 3:58]

Hi Ulla.
I have not seen anything similar. What a cute creature. Especially I like surroundings. They decorate all image very well. However, the most impressive thing is terrific reproduction of all features of caterpillar. Colours and lights are also great. Bravo. Precise work.

Hi Ulla,
very nice capture of caterpillar..

Ciao Ulla, splendid light on wonderful caterpillar, fantastic details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-10 9:53]

Hello Ulla,
What a beautiful little bristle brush looking caterpillar. Captured with your usual superb camera work, what a beautiful image Ulla and great notes too, thank you.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-10-10 13:18]

Hi Ulla,
Very beautiful caterpillar.I'd never seen it before.Lighting,exposure,sharpness,colors and visual effect is perfect.Have a great week!
Thanks for sharing..

Looks like a bottle brush Ulla, like that red rear end flair I see.
You say it's poisonous? That lime green color screams yuk..
I'd have to be pretty hungry if I was a bird! ;-}

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-11 1:03]

Hello Ulla,
This is a very cute caterpillar, but it has really the look of a poisonous creature. So take care with these little things! Beautiful how it is posed on the mossy soil. Very funny this littel brush.
Thanks and have a nice week
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-12 1:31]

Hello Ulla,
such a very exciting shot with nice colour contrast. i like the special features this caterpillar shot.
The softness of the colours is very impressive.
Well composed shot.


hello Ulla
great shot with good details and beautiful colours
nice pose between the green colours
last week i was on holiday and i find the same caterpillar as you have found
this one is difficuld to take it good on a picture
i have a lot of picture make is send it on TN in a cople of weeks
greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-15 15:33]

Hello Ulla,
What a beautiful Tussock Caterpillar you have posted. The detail is very fine and the colors are simple gorgeous. I love the redish tail tuft and the lime green body. The moss carpet is very attractive and shows delicate textures and vivid colors. Well done!!

Hi Ulla. I like this angle making the beautiful yellow catepillar looking like a bottle brush on top of the evergreen. Amazing details in well rendered natural tone. Your uploads inspired me to explore more of the little G. Please allow me to add this image to my personal Theme. Thanks for sharing and have a good day shooting ahead. Regards - Jusni.

Ho Ulla,
great view of this species. Great colours and composition. To be honest I don't like such a species and snakes etc. But The photo is great - and this is a real nature. Thank You very much for sharing.
Best regards,

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