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Elephant Hawkmoth

Elephant Hawkmoth
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Copyright: Hollie is an SLR novice (slrnovice2) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 331 W: 31 N: 344] (1197)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100mm Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-18 15:48
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Points: 54
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The adult Elephant Hawkmoth is very distinctive, being large, pink and green with good markings. It must be a fairly common moth as identifying it at the caterpillar stage is one of the commonest queries the website whatsthiscaterpillar.co.uk gets. I've never seen the adult and this is the first time I've seen the caterpillar.

I happened to be pointing out Common Darter exuvial (sp?) cases to my partner and spotted this one on a plant in my pond. I was pretty sure of the species but surprised to find it in the pond as my moth books assured me it feeds on bedstraw, rosebay willowherb, fuschia and other plants. A phone call to a butterfly organisation revealed that those "other plants" do include bog bean (a plant now getting to feel quite comfy in my pond since I planted it two or three years ago) so I was relieved to know it would be quite happy where I found it. The caterpillar, btw, comes in two colour forms, brown and green. Runnerduck just posted one today of the brown form.

This moth must be fairly unusual in being named after the appearance of it in its caterpillar stage. The caterpillar is supposed to resemble an elephant's trunk. I think it does - in the brown form anyway, I've not seen any green elephants for an awfully long time ;)

I've posted another view as a workshop. PP included cloning out sensor dust, levels and sharpening.

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Very interesting picture, great composition and very good colours, the DOF is very good, the important parts of the picture are in the DOF.

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  • gopi Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 70] (337)
  • [2005-08-18 16:12]

Nature's creation has no parallels. This is one among them. Good composition, DOF and colours. Keeping the important part (the markings) in focus makes the pic complete.

Good shot Hollie,
Good detail and great POV. Nicely exposed. Well composed. Good colours & notes.
Well captured, thanks for posting.

Hi Hollie
This is a great capture. The colours and markings are beautiful and the head is really clear in this shot.
Well done and thanks for posting.

Nice POV for a sharp (DOF is good) picture.
I think your composition is to much center (the caterpillar head should be more on the right -> See workshop)
TFS, Laurent

It looks like an alien form, Hollie. I really like the macro shot... it gives us a face-to-face view. The color is stunning. Very nicely done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-19 5:15]

Hello Hollie!
Very nice capture.Clear details,lighting,POV and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Hollie, What a mug! Looks almost like a clowns face to me..Well composed with very good sharpness, DOF, colors and exposure..I like this POV and shot very much, Well done!

Hello Hollie!
Wonderful shot.POV,DOF you managed and composition are perfect.TRhanks for sharing.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-19 12:07]

very nice shot with you 602 Hollie,
what a shot is is a nice face good in pov, with a very good dof, composition is very nice taken, very good job, with compliments.
gr. Jaap

Wow, great nose to nose shot with such an unusual little creature! The shallow DOF gives this capture strong impact. -Jenn

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-21 17:06]

Hi Hollie, great view! I always think these look like snakes or puppies! Anyway, it's a great shot. I liek the perspective and the DOF is well directed. Very nice work.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-23 1:51]

Hi Hollie.
I love the face of the catterpillar.
The DOF works well to accentuate the front end of the catterpillar.
Love the colours.
Well done

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-23 4:20]

;-))) Adorability factor at its best!
Hi Hollie! I do not have the time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

" The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating.
The paths are not to be found, but made.
And the activity of making them, changes both the maker and their destination. "
(John Schaar)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Have a wonderfull day!

Haha, this is a wonderful image, Hollie! Your depth of field is superb and creates an aura of mystery to this animal.

Muito bonita a foto, os olhos parecem de desenho , incrivel!!!
Very very beautifull!!!

A great photo, because of the interesting subject, and the eyes are especially strange!
I like the composition, the caterpillar appears to be coming out of the picture at you.
F/13 should be enough, you'd think, but the back is still out of focus, but it doesn't spoil things.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-31 7:01]

Hello Hollie,

Very interesting and nice picture. The Dof seems to be very shallow, even at f13. I really like the colorful 'eyes'. Composition is great. Well done & TFS!


Great use of the DOF here Hollie. It is very sharp and well exposed. No nits just a pleasure to look at.

Looks somewhat like a cartoon character. Focus is excellent, but like some of the others, I would have liked a bit deeper DOF.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-01-29 16:41]

Hi Hollie.
Great macro. excellent colors, very nice composition,the caterpillar is beauty,..is a wonderful photo.

PD. I have some caterpillar and butterfly.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-01-31 21:15]

I like this warm hue in that shot, and of course nice POV showning well the unusual shape and eye-like markings!
Good job!!!
Best greetings,

Very nice shot! The details are perfect, and the colours really strong!
Very good work, bye Tom

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  • agme28 (2)
  • [2006-05-03 9:41]

Great background colour and composition. Love the way you've focused on the head, its a really great capture.

TFS abi


I really like the big "eyes"! The composition, POV, sharpness, DOF and BG are all great. The detail showing the subject's unusual skin pattern is absolutely great! TFS,

Hi Hollie,
I love this shot! Spot on exposure has rendered beautiful color saturation and sharp detail. The fake eyes to scare away predators look amazing. Very Cool!! :)


Nice macro shot of this beauty. The adult moth is also nice but the caterpilar is nicer ;-D


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