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Lobster Moth Larva

Lobster Moth Larva
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Copyright: Julian Dowding (julian) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 114] (605)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-09 14:30
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Great to see another Lobster Moth larva. What strange insects they are. Amazingly, they turn into moths, not giant ants.
These moths are very scarce here and I was very lucky to have a sharp eyed son(David) who found this one in a lovely attitude. They look very much like ants and quite large and frightening. This one probably only half grown at about 2 cm length. You would not see it and think 'caterpillar' would you?

1999 Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Wingspan 45-60 mm.

This unassuming species gets its English name not from the adult moth, but from the remarkable crustacean-like appearance of the caterpillar.

It is mainly distributed in the southern part of Britain, occupying woodland habitats, but is not especially common.

The larvae live on the leaves of beech (Fagus), oak (Quercus), and several other trees.

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Desconozco este insecto, pero has conseguido una soberbia toma por su gran encuadre, originalidad en el equilibrio, enfoque y juego excelente con los colores. Una gran fotografía !! Saludos Julian.

Hello Julian,
You've captured this larva in a wonderful pose taking a look at it's own back end.
Strange , but for all beautiful they are indeed.
Composition, sharpness, clarity and details are great and the soft background, with it's green color tones, against wich the larva stands out peectly, is beautiful.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards, Harry

great close up, TFS Ori

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-07-09 22:17]

The pose of this larva is just fantastic.
Very strange creature indeed.
Amazing details well shown in good light and excellent sharpness against the dark clean BG.
TFS. : )

hi julian,
nice capture of motyh larva,
very sharp image with excellent details, nice pov, lovely colours,excellent dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Julian,
Great macro work. Focus,sharpness, details, POV, DOF, background are all excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

Une belle pose pour une charmante chenille !
Bonne journée.

hi julian,

what a great macro!beautiful in scene and very nice BG!

Great macro works of amazing creature,beautiful composition,well done

Hi Julian, beautiful pose by this guy and an excellent sharp capture on your part. The detail and colour are very good. Is this a natural pose, like some kind of mimicry?

Thanks, John

great shot, click!


Hello Jumlia,
You uploaded very good photography.
Superb composition and sharpness.
Excellent background, DOF and POV.
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-13 3:25]

Hello Julian,
Brilliant capture of this interesting larva in a defensive pose. Excellent DOF, very sharp details and fine colours. It looks great against the dark green background. Well composed too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

This is great Julian, very unusual. You've managed to capture it in it's characteristic defence mode, which was lucky!
Great colours, detail and focus. I just can't believe this was in the U.K.!
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Julian,
Awesome details in this fine macro capture!
I like the pose and point of view, together resulting in this fine composition...
Attractive colours of great clarity, pin sharp details!
Pablo -

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