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Nearly Ready to Change

Nearly Ready to Change
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-30 17:37
Viewed: 3831
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This will probably be one of the last images of this particular group of caterpillars as the have now reached 60mm+ and some have already headed down to ground level and buried them selves into the compost underneath. On saturday there was 24 surviving caterpillars today we were down to 13 still feeding the rest have crawled or dropped off, (I have seen both happen) and then wander around before burrowing down into the warm dry compost beneath the willow branches, where hidden from sight they will make one further change into the pupae stage inside which they will rearrange them selves into their adult form of a Buff tip moth and emerge in May June next year when with a little luck i will get to show you the finished product.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing their developement, thanks for looking yours Robert

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-30 18:34]

Hi Robert, nice shot. Good details and colours also well positioned in the frame. Great work and TFS.

Hi Robert,

Nice fat caterpillars! They're so heavy that they bend the plant's stem (this is how it looks in the picture).
Thing learned from the note: Buff tip moth is hibernating as a pupae.

Cheers, Petru

Good diagonal composition of these hairy critters. Interesting to see their breathing holes. TFS.

It is Phalera bucephala Family: Notodontidae

crisp clear and brilliant colors. Especially this dual composition is very good.

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