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Cabbage Looper

Cabbage Looper
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Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 105mm F2.8 AF/S VR
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 8:29
Viewed: 3358
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Cabbage loopers are leaf feeders, and in the first three instars they confine their feeding to the lower leaf surface, leaving the upper surface intact. The fourth and fifth instars chew large holes, and usually do not feed at the leaf margin. In the case of cabbage, however, they feed not only on the wrapper leaves, but also may bore into the developing head. Larvae consume three times their weight in plant material daily (McEwen and Hervey 1960). Feeding sites are marked by large accumulations of sticky, wet fecal material. Despite their voracious appetite, larvae are not always as destructive as presumed. In California studies, feeding on celery during the first one-half of the growing season did not constitute loss because these petioles were routinely stripped from the plant at harvest (van Steenwyk and Toscano 1981). With cabbage, moderate defoliation prior to head formation is similarly irrelevant. In Texas, average population densities of 0.3 larvae per plant justify control (Kirby and Slosser 1984).

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Hi Adam
A fine, detailed macro of this caterpillar. Good DOF to keep all of the subject sharp but to leave a nicely blurred background.
Kind Regards

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2008-10-27 19:33]

Hi Adam,

Nice close-up. Excellent sharpness and exposure. Well controled fill flash. Beautifull shallow DOF. Nice work and TFS.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-27 19:41]

Excellent macro Adam,
Gorgeous colors with extremely sharp detail. Love the golden colored BG. Good DOF. and nicely composed!!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-29 12:58]

Hi Adam
Gorgeous image.
Colours and light(flash) are very good.
Composition and background are excellent.
Regards Jiri.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-30 4:17]

Hi Adam,
a fab macro of this bright green caterpillar.
Very sharp with great detail.
Excellent composition (though maybe it's been cropped a bit too tight on the left and bottom).
Great blurry BG.
Spot-on DOF.

Very well done!


Hello Adam

Excellent macro of this wee inch worm.
The focus is spot on with excellent detail.
Wonderful rich colours,the backdrop is superb.
Well composed.
A great job.


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