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Cinnabar Caterpillar


Cinnabar Caterpillar
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D + Grip BG-E3, Canon EFS 18-55mm f3.5-5.6, Closeup Filter 58mm x4
Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-26 4:54
Viewed: 3027
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a walk yesterday, which proved very fruitful in finding six species of butterflies in about 20 minutes, I found these little caterpillars which are not so common around here.

The caterpillar of the Cinnabar Moth, common in meadows and coasts, feeds on the ragwort ( a plant that is dangerous to livestock, so is not so common where there are horses and livestock) and usually found in small groups.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-26 10:40]

Hi Wiliam. I saw more butterflies ysterday than any other time of the year. This a fine close up of the Cinnabar Moth caterpillar. I bet it was well hidden in the yellow flower. Fine detail and bright colours. Well done TFS.
Nick..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-26 12:30]

Hello Bill,
A fine macro of a Cinnabar moth caterpillar, a species that is rare in Sweden, like its host-plant Ragwort. Nicely seen with good sharpness under the flower stalk.
This caterpillar shows not only warning colours but years ago I photographed it curled up among the flowers where it can be also camouflaged.
Thanks and kind regards,
Ivan

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