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Vapourer Moth - Caterpillar

Vapourer Moth - Caterpillar
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caterpillars [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-12 4:01
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Vapourer Moth (Orgyia antiqua )


The adult males fly during the daytime in sunshine and are often seen flying at great speed and at height.
The wingspan of the male is 35-38mm; female is wingless. Adult males have ochreous-red fore and hindwings. There is a distinctive, white comma-shaped spot at the lower edge of the forewing and two dark-coloured crosslines. The hindwings are unmarked, ochreous-red. The female is light, ochreous-grey with vestigial wings.
After emergence the wingless female remains at rest on her cocoon and waits for passing males.

The flight period is generally from early July until the beginning of October, although it is most commonly encountered during August and September.
I found this colourful critter happily munching its way through our flowerbed.

Photo cropped slightly and sharpened USM
Reduced brightness -8

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Hello Andy!
Great post.Vivid colors,clear details,DOF and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-12 4:17]
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Excellent showing of this caterpillar Andy. It is so sharp and with clear vivid colours. You have it well placed on the stem. A great job. Well done!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-12 4:23]
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Lovely photo. I love the composition, the curved lines especially.

This guy seriously needs a shave ;)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-12 4:40]

Very good!
I never saw this one!
Almost we can touch it!
5* photo!

Wow, what a beauty, Andy!
Very colourful, the sharpness and details are excellent, perfect composition.

Very nice close in Andy. This "thorny" fellow displays amazing colours. Excellent sharpness and perspective. Well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-12 5:54]

Wow Andy, don't tuoch it ;-) Must be very poisonous. Nice long hairs and pretty colours. Composition looks good also. Great work.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-12 6:39]
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Wow!! This is beautiful Andy!! Superb colors, strong composition and razorsharp details. I like this a lot. Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-12 6:46]
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Hello Andy!
Superb shot.Colors,contrast,details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Lovely shot Andy!
You've captured here real beauty. Great colours and light, very good composition.
I like it very much.

I love your caterpillar! It is so fluffy and so cute ;-)
As always - great details, good sharpness and interesting note!
Good job!

hello Andy :)

amaizing is this post:) exellent details:) lines are so beauty and beauty colours:) exellent work:)

have a nice evevning:)



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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-12 12:23]

it is a nice one Andy.
well my friend you did a very good job here,
you used a tripod? Anyway I like the good result,it is not easy to made such a shot, very good in pov, fantastic dof, very good job,
gr. Jaap

This is an beautiful caterpillar. Excellent Macro. Wonderful Colours. Well done.

Great shot Andy
Well composed, good detail, superb colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, Great POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Andy
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 5/5
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-12 20:10]

Andy, they're usually very beautiful, and your picture shows this very well.

Excellent and beautiful colors, great pov and composition. I like the contrast too.

I added your picture to a theme of mine.

This caterpillar is really nice.
your shot is really sharp (and your lens is realy a good one ;-) )
TFS, Laurent

Hi Andy - good macro of a nice caterpilar ;-) Beautifull colors, good DOF and we can see many details. Well done !

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-13 5:01]
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Beautiful and interesting shot for this nice hairy caterpillar ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Andy.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-13 6:54]

Hello Andy!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

Hello Andy, This has great sharpness, DOF, details, colors and light. Excellent composition, nice work!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-13 17:48]
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Hi Andy, very odd looking things these. Have you seen the female adult? As you say in your note she has no wings and is essentially a bag of eggs! I've never seen one myself.

Lovely details and composition, well done.

Very colourful you have caught, Andy.
Lovely colours, well composed and good details.
Very well done.

Stunning colours and clarity, marvelous details. Id be very pleased with this capture Andy its brilliant. Your new lens is a nice piece of glass. Very nice work.

Bonsoir Andy,
Extraordinaire composition. Cette chenille est superbe, très détaillée, la photo est nette, que l'on pourrait compter les poils. Très professionnel. La profondeur de champ est bien rendu. Bravo c'est la perfection.

Really incredible shot.
I love the colours and the long hairs!
Perfect DOF and good composition.

Hi Andy
What a great shot!
Excellent composition , colors and DOF.
Very useful note too!!
Goutham R

Perfect and clear shot of this catrpilar.
Every hair is excellent visible!
Thanks for sharing.

Fabulous photo. I have these in my garden the have decimated a dwarf tree!!
Beatuiful but a pest.

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