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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-06 7:32
Viewed: 3994
Points: 40
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Kurdish name is :Mahshot

Caterpillars are the larval form of a member of the order Lepidoptera (the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). They are mostly phytophagous in food habit, with some species being entomophagous. Caterpillars are voracious feeders and many of them are considered pests in agriculture. Many moth species are better known in their caterpillar stages because of the damage they cause to fruits and other agricultural produce.

The etymological origins of the word are from the early 1500s, from Middle English catirpel, catirpeller, probably an alteration of Old North French catepelose : cate, cat (from Latin cattus) + pelose, hairy
Most caterpillars have tubular, segmented bodies. They have three pairs of true legs on the three thoracic segments, up to four pairs of prolegs on the middle segments of the abdomen, and often a single pair of prolegs on the last abdominal segment. There are ten abdominal segments. The families of lepidoptera differ in the numbers and positioning of the prolegs. Some caterpillars are fuzzy (which means they have hair) and they are most likely to cause itching of the hands if touched

Caterpillars grow through a series of moults; each intermediate stage is called an instar. The last moult takes them into the inactive pupal or chrysalis stage.

Like all insects, caterpillars breathe through a series of small openings along the sides of their thorax and abdomen called spiracles. These branch into the body cavity into a network of tracheae. A few caterpillars of the family Pyralidae are aquatic and have gills that let them breathe underwater.[2]

Caterpillars have 4,000 muscles (compare humans, with 629). They move through contraction of the muscles in the rear segments pushing the blood forward into the front segments elongating the torso. The average caterpillar has 248 muscles in the head segment alone.

Caterpillars do not have good vision. They have a series of six tiny eyelets or 'stemmata' on each side of the lower portion of their head. These can probably form well focused, but poorly resolved images.[3] They move their heads from side to side probably as a means of judging distance of objects, particularly plants. They rely on their short antennae to help them locate food.

Some caterpillars are able to detect vibrations, usually at a specific frequency. Caterpillars of the common hook-tip moth, Drepana arcuata (Drepanoidea) produce sounds to defend their silk nests from members of their own species,[4] by scraping against the leaf in a ritualized acoustic duel. They detect the vibrations conducted by the plant and not air-borne sounds. Similarly, cherry leaf rollers Caloptilia serotinella defend their rolls.[5] Tent caterpillars can also detect vibrations at the frequency of wing beats of one of their natural enemies.

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Hello Durzan,
Fall, not fall, fall, do not fall ... . A beautiful insect. Great photo.

Merhaba Durzan,

A beautiful shot of this Caterpillar with great coloration, sharpness & details. TFS.

Salam & Regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-06 8:25]

Hi Durzan,the absolute perfection! What a fantastic colors this caterpillar,a best point of view and the best light for a great photo!! My best compliments ans thanks to show us this very interesting specie,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-06 8:26]

Hello Durzan
Wonderful capture with great details, perfect clear BG and beautiful colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-06 8:45]

Hello Durzan,
Great clear coloured photo of this caterpillar. It contrasts very well against the OOF BG. Good sharp details, composition and POV.
Have a great weekend,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-06-06 9:12]

Hi Durzan,
A very colorful caterpillar captured with great sharpness.
Lovely patterns and colors on the body.
I wonder what it will grow into when it grows up. : )
Great DOF.
TFS. : )

Hi Durzan,
A perfect sharpness! ... excellent colors, very well made and blur in the background. Good lighting. This is a truly beautiful insect. I had never seen before. Thanks for sharing, very good job.

Regards, Jesús

Ciao Durzan, lovely caterpillar with fantastic colors, beautiful macro with wonderful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Selam Durzan, nefis bir atmaca güvesi tırtılı. Türünü bilmem ama, tırtılın gerisindeki çıkıntılı yapı atmaca güvelerinde (hawkmoth) var. Detaylar, kompozisyon, SDZ ve art aslanın pürüzsüzlüğü ile süper bir makro olmuş. Senin 105 mm de neredeyse bendeki Micro-Nikkor kalitesinde. Bu da mercekten çok deklansöre basanın çok daha etkin olduğuna da bir emsal.
Eline ve emeğine sağlık.

Durzan merhaba,nefis bir tırtıl fotoğrafı.Netlik ve kontrast çok güzel,artalan süper.Bu tıytıyı çok sevdim :)Ellerine sağlık,selamlar :)

Hello Durzan,
a splendid picture of this colourful Caterpillar taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and vivid colours, i like the fantastic composition with a fantastic contrast of colour against a very good OOF BG.
Best regards

Sanki canlı gibi karşımda duruyor .
Harika olmuş Durzan , tebrikler .

Hi Durzan,
Wonderful shot of this colourful caterpillar. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours. Perfectly lighting and the smooth BG works well in highlighting the subjects. Excellent POV and very nicely composed.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-08 7:22]

Hi Durzan,
It's very nice capture of this caterpillar.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.I liked simple BG,vivid colors and composition also a lot.Excellent work.HAve a great Week!
Thanks for posting..

Merhaba Durzan. My best complimets for perfect details and DOF. Wonderful colours.


What a superb shot, my friend!
I love the colours and the excellent sharpness!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-09 22:40]

Hi Durzan.
Brilliant image of the beautiful insect. You have reproduced its colouration, texture, shapes and all other charming details fantastically. Sharpness is spot on. I also impressed with nicely coloured and smoothed BG. It supplements the main character excellently. Bravo. Well done.

hello Durzan
this is also a great picture of the caterpillar
you have a good sharpness andbeautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-22 11:29]

Hello Durzan,
great macro of a nice caterpilar. Beautifull colours, good DOF and we can see many details. Well done. Thank you for posting.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2009-08-12 13:43]

DOF and colours are awesome!
Wonderful photo!
Best wishes,

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