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Hyalophora cecropia, larva

Hyalophora cecropia, larva
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1970
Categories: Insects
Camera: Edixa-Mat Reflex B, Zeiss Tessar 40 mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-27 8:47
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Cecropia series:
It's the first pic in a series on the big, (7 cm wingspan) night active Cecropia moth (Saturniidae: Hyalophora cecropia). Cocoons could be bought from a dealer. I let the adults hatch in a cage, copulate and lay eggs. The pic is from a male, characterized by the bushy antennae, the all important "nose" of insects. With these antennae males can smell the pheromone emanating from a female over great distances at night.
Cecropia moths occur in a good part of the U.S. and Maritime Canada. The cocoons are hanging in maple or other trees and can be spotted easily during winter time.
I took the slide with a flash, scannded it, removed the grain of the background by blurring it in PS, increased exposition and sharpened slightly.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To wishnugaruda: Wünsche für Atlasmottemeyerd 1 04-14 04:26
To RAP: Only a scanned slidemeyerd 1 01-27 13:02
To Argus: I know, I knowmeyerd 1 01-27 10:27
To anel: Nur gezüchtetmeyerd 1 01-27 10:21
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Hi Dietrich,
great macro-shot.
Very sharp, great details, and beautiful colors...
A bit noisy at BG, especially near the edges of butterfly wings....

Ben Lakitan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-27 9:04]

Hi Dietrich,
Wonderful butterfly. I like it. You have captured it with great skill!
TFS, José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-27 9:08]

Hello Dietrich,
WHat a splendid moth! I don't think I've seen that before. Excellent capture even though it is old and obviously scanned. Very sharp details and fabulous colours!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-01-27 9:33]

Hallo Dietrich,
Superb close up of a moth with vibrant colors... There is some weird texture in the background but who cares after all these years? Excellent job.
Best wishes,

What a lovely butterfly you have brought to us.
Exposure, details, composition, everything is very good to show perfectly the beauty of this insect.
Great post!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-27 9:38]
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OK, Dietrich, according to my own principles, I shouldn't be commenting on this one, but here I was tempted to make an exception.
This is a spectacular post of this N. American Saturniid. Your scanned slide is sharp and does the moth justice. This is a joy to see.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Beautifull shot of great butterfly Dietrich. TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-27 10:04]
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Hallo Dieter,
Tu as plus d'un tour dans ton sac! Der dunkle Hintergrund unterstreicht noch die Schönheit dieses Falters. Interessante Details, wie z.B. das Auge auf dem Oberflügel,oder Motive auf dem Abdomen. Wirklich, eine gelungene Aufnahme.
Und da vernimmt man noch, dass Du diese Schönheiten quasi züchteste.
Liebe Grüsse

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-27 10:56]
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Maravillosa imagen Dietrich principalmente por el colorido y la agudeza captados de esta especie tan llamativa de polilla.
La profundidad y el fondo oscuro colaboran en realzar los detalles del insecto.
Excelente digitalización y post procesado de la antigua imagen.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Wonderful image Dietrich mainly for the colors and sharpness captured of this so attractive species of moth.
The depth and the dark bottom collaborate in enhancing the details of the insect.
Excellent post processed of the old image.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Gorgeous colors. Nice shot.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-28 4:41]

Hi Dietrich.
I congratulate you on this amazing close-up. Color palette of your shot is wonderful. Composition and framing are really outstanding as well as the sharpness and details. BRAVO, Perfect done and TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-07 8:33]

Hello Dietrich,
this moth is huge! The details and the colors of this moth are wonderful. You captured it very well, the DOF is great the entire 7cm wing span is in focus.

Hallo Dietrich,
wow - das ist eine Schönheit.
So samtig und diese Farben ... sehr eindrucksvoll. Ich möchte gerne mal so eine große Motte lebend sehen, am liebsten natürlich eine Atlasmotte - und am besten "vor Ort", also in Asien, wo sie beheimatet sind.
Vielen Dank für diesen Augenschmauß,
herzliche Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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