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::Beauty Is Skin Deep::

::Beauty Is Skin Deep::
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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European caterpilars [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-18 4:51
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 55
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Elephant Hawk-moth - Deilephila Elpenor

This common hawk-moth is found throughout Europe. It is widespread and common in England and Wales and also occurs in Ireland and Southern Scotland. The usual
habitats of this species are rough wasteland, woodland clearings and river valleys where the foodplant is abundant. The catperillar is green or greyish brown (seen here) with a network of find black lines and with prominent eye-spots on the fourth and fifth segments. The front segments of the caterpillar taper towards the head, sometimes giving the appearance of an elephants trunk. It feeds mainly on willow-herb (Epilobium) but will also eat the foliage of bedstraw (Galium), Fuchsia and other plants. Pupation takes place on the ground in a cocoon of silk, earth and leaf fragments. Moths are on th wing in summer and will visit flowers such as valerian (Valeriana) and honeysuckle (Lonicera).

(Words from 'Butterflies and Moths' - 1982. I apologise for any typos.)

This mini beast was in my Dads garden. He moved her from it's original spot to show me. I believe she was orignally sunning on a stone.
She was quite large (think fat fingers) and also feisty.

This should really have been taken with my other macro lens, but I didn't have it with me.


Today is my birthday, but I am posting this for my uncle Peter who we lost suddenly on Sunday, he was just 54. He was an amazing man, incredibly funny, and will be terribly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-18 5:31]
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Great 'face' of this 'snake' ;-) Full mimicry working very good. It remainds me worm from Dune books :-) Very good post Julia!

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-18 5:50]
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Very strange for me but nice photo.



Wow, what a striking shot....I've never seen one of these before.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-18 6:34]
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Hello Julia!
Nice capture.DOF great...
Thanks for posting.

Oh Julia, what a sad day for your birthday. I am sorry for you and your family. I hope you are ok. I'm sure Uncle Peter will have loved this shot of the caterpiullar - I though it was a snake at first.
Good capture, excellent macro work. Well done.

Great headshot Julia! Very well composed with excellent details and POV. Great colors, light and DOF for this type of shot. Excellent note..I like it, Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-18 10:53]
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Happy birthday Julia!
And I'm sorry for your uncle.It's wonderful shot,POV,lighting,details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Great shot Julia,
Firstly, I'm sorry to hear about your Uncle Peter.
Secondly, It might be difficult, but have a happy Birthday Julia. I'll have a beer in your honour later tonight.

This is a great shot of a big fat finger, very clear and well detailed. good colours and sharpness. Nicely composed and well captured.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Julia, This is a lovely shot. I love the different tones of brown and the sharpness is superb. You chose a nice DOF and composition, I like it. Apropos of my post on forum - I may post mine later, it is the green version and less colourful I think but still interesting to look at. TFS and very well done :)

I didn't read the bit about your birthday and uncle until now. I'm sorry you lost someone you clearly loved Julia. I hope you can enjoy your birthday as you know he would have wanted you to. *hug*

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-18 17:20]
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Hi Julia, very nice shot. I always think these look like a snake's head or sometimes a puppy! The focus is good on the head and very good exposure and composition. Good note too.

Well done, sorry to hear about your uncle.

Hi Julia,
It is tough to say Happy Birthday, and sorry for your loss at the same time. But, I love the up close and personal look at this hawk-moth. Eye popping colors and fine detail. Nice Shot!

Hello Julia!
Very interesting and wonderful close up.Colors,POV and composition are perfect.Happy birthday!Thanks for sharing.

Hello Julia
astonishing shot. i thought about a snake first.
here you where slepping on the grass !!
really a good job

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-22 6:54]

Great shot Julia! The colors and the pattern are amazing. Very well done & TFS!


Ps-I am very sorry for your loss.

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  • Dom Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 4 N: 28] (94)
  • [2005-09-02 14:41]

Great image Julia ! When I saw the thumbnail , I though it was a snake ;) So much details ! Congrats !
Dom :)

This macro is fantastic! The focus is perfect and the colours are so good!
Congratulation Tom

Wow, thats very nice.
Very good Closeup.
She is almost readdy to make the cocoon.

What STUNNING macroshot Julia !!! . Besides it has a great composition, powerful colors and excelent DOF.

well done !

hugs and have a nice WE !!

Opened this pic of yours intending to see a snake of some sort. Great work. Excellent shot.

TFS, Kiran.

Hi Julia,
this is an excellent shot, showing the distinctive "dangerous beast" snake mimikry of an elephant hawkmoth caterpillar in a most impressive and straightforward way. Staring wide open eyes and an open mouth with two poison teeth are surprisingly well imitated, and you have shown that stunning phenomenon from a perfectly chosen point of view with crisp and clear details and rich colours. Great!
Thank you for sharing. Beautiful birthday posting, my congratulations!
And a beautiful dedication to your beloved uncle. Sorry for the great loss to you and your family.
All the best to you,

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  • ayk55 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 4] (251)
  • [2006-10-17 10:33]


Hello Julia,
You have got a great great shot of this caterpillar. I thought it was snake. Awesome closeup/macro, made it seem HUGE! Truly a mini-beast. I love your colors and composition. The angle you shot from is VERY VERY good, dramatic.
Good one!

impressionnant ta prise de vue le cadrage et top les couleurs très sympa

Hello Julia
I know this snake-like caterpiar. It's very interesting but also the imago is very nice. Your picture is great, it has very good, natural colours and composition. Thanks


buna imagine shi fotografie, culorile sunt bestiale GOOD WORK

Nice colours and contrast. a little bit difficult to see what it really is. but the photo is stunning.



salut Julia
c'est une superbe photo le rampement de cet animal met en valeur la couleur qui sont déja très belles
continue comme ça

hello julia,
Mükemmel bir tür ve harika bir çalışma olmuş,
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

my God

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