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Thaumetopoea pytiocampa


Thaumetopoea pytiocampa
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Copyright: Josep Ignasi Tejedor (jignasi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 18-50 mm f: 2,8 macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-03-01 13:25
Viewed: 4001
Points: 30
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Thaumetopoea pytiocampa. Denis&Schifermüller. Notodontidae, Thaumetopoeinae.
Es la 3ª fotografía que publico de esta especie en poco tiempo. Estan destrozando los pinos de amplias zonas, miles y miles de Km2 !

Comunmente llamada en España procesionaria del pino.
La Procesionaria del pino produce importantes daños, especialmente en Pinos, aunque también ataca a Cedros y Abetos.Pinos: todas las especies de Pinos pueden verse afectadas, pero las que más le gusta son el Pino laricio (Pinus nigra), el Pino canario (Pinus canariensis) y el Pino silvestre (Pinus sylvestris). Luego, todas las demás: Pino pinaster (Pinus pinaster), Pino carrasco (Pinus halepensis) y Pino piñonero (Pinus pinea).
La Procesionaria del pino es un lepidóptero típicamente mediterráneo y se distribuye por España, Portugal, Francia, Italia, zonas costeras de Grecia, Turquía, Siria, Líbano, Palestina, Israel, Egipto, Libia, Túnez, Argelia y Marruecos, y en algunas zonas de Alemania, Suiza, Hungría y Bulgaria.
En verano aparecen las mariposas de Procesionarias del pino; se aparean y la hembra pone los huevos en las acículas de los árboles (así se llaman las hojas de las Coníferas).Las orugas nacen a los 30 ó 40 días de la puesta, es decir, entre mediados de septiembre y mediados de octubre (Hemisferio Norte).Las orugas construyen nidos o bolsones de seda que les sirven de refugio para pasar los fríos del invierno.
Cuando llega la primavera, o finalizando el invierno (desde febrero a primeros de abril), las orugas descienden en fila al suelo, de ahí el nombre de Procesionaria; se entierran y crisalidan dentro de un capullo .
De las crisálidas surgen en verano las mariposas que se aparearán dando comienzo a un nuevo ciclo.

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Hola Josep!
Great documentary capture! I was reading about this phenomenon many times, but I have never seen it in the wild :) You were lucky to observe it in nature :)
TFS and have a nice week!
Greetings,
Radomir

Hi MF Josep, what a wonderful capture of a caravan of caterpillars:)
Lovely indeed.
TFS and have a nice new week MF!
Cheers,
Bayram

hola Josep!
the thumbnails looked like a reptile, but the surprise and came to the opening of the photo .... excellent and unique capture in a long line of these hairy caterpillars

saludos sERGOP

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-03-01 14:22]

Hi Josep,

An indeed rare fenomen,must have ben a strange thing to see this in real time,maybe the dof could have been better wit a parallel POV,but anyway a unique posting,tfs

Paul

Ciao Josep,
interessante immagine di Processionaria del pino, che mostra perfettamente il motivo del nome di questo lepidottero i cui bruchi si trasferiscono in una lunga "processione", eccellente POV e ottima documentazione con note molto istruttive.
TFS.
Saludos cordiales.
Maurizio

Hello Ignasi,
Hello my friend this is a very beautiful presentation.. I did
a workshop on it.. I hope you like it

Everton

Hola Josep
In first looking on thumbnail, they looks like a long thiny snake:) they formed interesting scene. you captured them with a great macro-shot. thanks for sharing. saludos amigo.
Ahmet

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-01 22:01]

Hi Josep!

When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought you present us a snake. Now, this is a funny and a strange snake! I like this simple, yet pleasant and somehow humerous picture very much.Together with the very instructive notes, this is a valuable and interesting posting.

Kind regards

Markus

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-02 0:06]

Hola Ignasi,
interesante captura y original procesión...
es que cada uno se lo monta a su manera. :)
Gracias por tu comentario por lo del puerto.
Los de turno(políticos y afines) se representan a si mismos, tienen el poder que no la razón, y si pleiteas por algo, la cosa se eterniza, el tiempo corre a su favor,tu no pueden manter un "pleito" ellos tienen el dinero que usan de nuestros impuestos.
Así la "razón" cae del mismo lado siempre, o casi...
saludos

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-02 1:13]

Hi Josep,
Vry interesting scane.Well caught,framed and composed.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Ignasi,
A lovely capture of these caterpillars forming a rope. Excellent composition and a nice documentary capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-03-02 11:47]

Hello Josep,

they are fascinating caterpillars, the procession moths. You choose a good perspective. There are few pictures like this to be found on the net.

You may know that Jean Henri Fabre reported about experiments with these insects. He demonstrated that all caterpillars except the first one follow a silken thread laid down by the foregoing animals. He had a procession climb up a plant pot; they then travelled on the rim and the first animal was finding the thread after a round--and the whole sprocession circled for 16 hours if I remember it right.

KMy best regards
Dietrich

Ciao Josep Ignasi, che bel trenino, splendida sfilata di processionarie meravigliosamente realizzata, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-02 16:34]

Joseph, WoW what a shot. They look like forming a chain. Good work and lovely view. Ganesh

Hello Josep,
It's really amazing - it looks almost like a train ;-)
I've never seen something like that before...

Chris

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