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Oleander Hawkmoth - Catterpillar

Oleander Hawkmoth - Catterpillar
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-24
Categories: Insects
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-27 2:34
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In my roof garden I have a plant locally called as "Nandi batlu", Last Sunday morning when I was doing a bit of gardening, I noticed vast devastation of this plant, when closely observed i noticed this gem destroying the plant. A quick image search on the net revealed its a caterpillar of Oleander Hawkmoth.

I will post different POV in days to come

Hope you ppl like it.

v4vjk, ramthakur, Argus, oanaotilia, anel, flashpoint, MMM, nasokoun, nglen, romuszka, greghume, rcrick, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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To rcrick: Thanks Rickgoutham_ramesh 2 06-11 23:49
To Argus: Nandhi Batlugoutham_ramesh 1 05-27 04:06
To ramthakur: Thanks Ramgoutham_ramesh 1 05-27 03:40
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  • v4vjk (51)
  • [2009-05-27 2:42]

nice photo!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-27 2:44]

Hi Goutam,

A nice and colorfull macro,the pov is great and image got good detail,maybe only not so funny that your plant is devastated,tfs


Never seen such a Caterpillar portrait ever before, Goutham. It's a scream!
That face with the blue eyes is simply astounding.
Your visits here are getting scarce, so this unique image is a wholesome solace for those who admire your work.
And I am one of them :).

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-27 3:46]
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Hello Goutham,
The eye-markings shine superbly from this frontal POV to make this Oleander hawk-moth caterpillar look quite menacing, which is its warning signal. The food plant is usually Oleander, which is highly poisonous with red, pink or white flowers. Would that be the same as 'Nandi batlu'?
Superb macro showing it in an unconventional way. Look forward to seeing another shot of it!
Thanks and all the best,

Wow, it is phantastic! If you comare a imagine taken with a scanning electron microscope and your picture, could be almost the same quality.You can perfectly see the skin texture, all the details!
Regards, Oana

hello Goutham
super sharpness picture with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-27 4:42]

Hello Goutham,
Great and in a way funny picture. I love your close-up of this little monster where the eyes are not where we see them! Beautiful color-combination.
Well done, like always

Hi Goutham,

A photo cover! ... excellent composition, great details, the colors are sublime, speechless! ... Congratulations, this is an exceptional photo.



Hi Goutam,

Amazing picture. super worm it is!
Lovely snap


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-27 6:05]

Hi Goutham
What an outstanding macro-portrait.Excellent POV and fantastic detail.Sharp image with lovely colors.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-27 7:41]

Hello Goutham,
A very special photo of this caterpillar with its blue eyes. The frontal POV is a very good choice. Excellent sharp focus, details and with a good DOF. Beautiful natural colours. Nice composition.

hello Goutham
exceptionally impressive close up,superb macro

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-27 12:51]

Hi Goutham. A first class macro shot of this Catterpillar. i love the eyes ond mouth. It looks like a childs toy. Grat detail and bright colors. well done TFS.

Hello Goutham,
I like that description 'vast devasttion'
It looks as though this fat creature is certinly capable.
Exposure,sharpness,colour and POV re all perfect.
A really good capture.
Cheers & TFS

Witaj Goutham,
I became fond this caterpillar. It is beauty so that heart begins more quickly beating. Then thanks this, from you got her so beautiful picture. pretty face!
Gratulacje i pozdrowienia - Roma

Hello Goutham,
This looks like a cartoon character in the thumbnail. Almost otherworldly coloration. Thanks for sharing this.

Good work,and a beautiful image. Bravissimo. Ravasz

Hi Goutham,

Apologise for not being around much of late I can see I've missed quite a few posting, but I really appreciate the feedback many thanks good point about the B/G highlights I have taken note.

This is a superb shot, I've yet to delve into the macro world but this image really inspires me to do so, an excellent composition taken from a perfect POV, amazing detail,

I really would be interested in some of the technical information, i.e like what speed, lens, aperture, and ISO, you used.

Really nice work,

All the best, Cheers Rick :)

Lovely shot Gautham!! Words would be less to describe its beauty. Perfect colours, composition and sharpness.
I saw your pics of moth also, not as pretty as the caterpillar. (Am talking of caterpillar, and not the picture). I also clicked a pic of Oleandar Hawk Moth, but the image quality is not good as that also was clicked by the only PnS camera I had. Was going to post it first, but then the super quality of the picture you have posted made me change my mind. :)
Once again, thanks for sharing such a beautiful pic.

Oh mi Dios, mi dios, es muy fantástica foto, un gusto!, La cerca es muy bueno, el color son excelentes y están en armonía, la buena POV.
Mejor deseo de la Argentina.

Hello Goutham,
your frontal approach to the oleander hawkmoth's caterpillar is a winner, demonstrating false-eye mimikry in a very convincing, really flashy way. I like the frame filling composition, the perfectly placed focus just on head and the pair of legs holding the stem, and the very pleasant gradual softness of the rest, giving enough information of the whole shape while creating excellent three-dimensionality out of the depth.
Lucky fate that hawkmoth's mother placed her eggs on your "Nandi batlu". Most other gardeners would have got rid of a creature destroying their plants. You took care of it and helped it turn into a next generation of hawkmoth. Both of you were rewarded.
And so are we, seeing your fine series of images.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hello there

I totally agree with Peter on this picture...!!!
I am out of words...!!!

vipin :-)

amazing caterpillar closeup, TFS Ori

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