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Tortrix Moth Caterpillar?

Tortrix Moth Caterpillar?
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Copyright: David Cortez (Cortez236) (27)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-11 12:54
Viewed: 3273
Points: 4
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I spotted this small caterpillar (around 10mm long) climbing over clematis in my garden. As i watched, it began folding over the petal edge-eventually covering itself-i guess it was getting ready to shed its skin.
Another TrekNature member suggested that the yellow/white lump on the upper left side of the caterpillar may be the larvae of a paristic wasp.

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Hi David

I like this shot more than the one you posted yesterday - intriguing POV with all the focus being on one side of the picture. The centre of the clematis as a soft background works well and gives great colours and light.

You mention the caterpillar was spinning a web and folding the petal over itself. It was probably making itself a bivouac from predators and it will then eat the flower petal in safety. This is a technique employed by quite a few caterpillars, especially Tortrix moths.



Hello David,
You have shown good detail in this shot with a nicely blurred background, great light as well. It has been said that this is a difficult site to score on, this is true sometimes, but don't ever let that discourage you from going out and bagging great shots like this. Thanks for sharing, Low Scoring Lee.

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