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The Hungry Caterpillar

The Hungry Caterpillar
Photo Information
Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 100mm f2.8 macro USM, Digital RAW ISO 100
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-09 6:04
Viewed: 3570
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've been watching a couple of Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillars munching their way through the Fuchsia that grows by the kitchen wall, and today, decided to photograph this one against the white wall. These guys are incredible in the sheer quantity of leaves that they eat, seeming to go non-stop all day munching away. I timed this one on how long it took to completely demolish one leaf from start to finish and he did it in just over 10 minutes.

Elephant Hawk Moth, Deilephila elpenor, named due to the similarity between the caterpillar and an elephants trunk. Common through out England.

Canon 40D
Canon 100 F2.8 Macro with a 24mm extension tube.
Flash plus reflector

Manual 1/125th sec
F 16
ISO 100

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Perfect portrait and details for this caterpillar.
The background is too white and bright to my taste. A natural background or some softer tones would have been more appropriate and resulted in an even beter shot.

Hello Miles,
Well composed. Interesting and extraordinary content.

My favourite animal... :o) And of course perfect picture. Regards Jan

Hi Miles

Brilliant macro with superb sharpness, DOF and details of the caterpillar.
Brilliant composition, though I'm in two minds about the white background. Whilst it shows the caterpillar off really well, it doesn't look natural!!! Anyway, its a great shot.


  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-10 14:50]

Hello Miles,
long time no see! How are you?
This is a striking capture of this Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar.
The white BG makes it stand out really well.
Superb sharpness and clarity.
Great composition.
Really good to see another post from you :-)

Well done,

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