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Pale Tussock Moth

Pale Tussock Moth
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, Photographers *own* Favourites, Magnificent Macros, jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-27 17:26
Viewed: 40464
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a caterpillar of the Pale Tussock Moth (Calliteara pudibunda).
A one generation a year moth, over wintering as a pupa in a loose silk cocoon either on the food plant or in the leaf litter.
On the wing in May & June the adults mate on the larval food plant , which could be any of a large range of plants from Oaks , birch, hazel , elm , hope vines and many more. The caterpillar can be seen between the end of june and the end of october. This one is munching its way through a Viburnum davidii in my garden, a bit of a tough mouthfull if you ask me.If you want a look at an adult have a look at this freshly emerged Adult ( Even Punks Grow Up )),
not alot considering it was such a dull overcast day.
Shadows 45% & 40
Highlights 60% & 55%
unsharpe mask 130% X 2.2px X threshold 6
fade back in pinlight to 75%

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To winterpalace: Thanks Verite ;0)))))))Robbrown 4 11-29 05:35
Messrs Handsome and Beauty Queenswinterpalace 1 11-27 23:27
To greenpinkorange: Pink CaterpillarRobbrown 1 10-12 12:53
To wallhalla15: Waiting for things to happenRobbrown 1 03-08 12:56
To PDP: From fancy to plainRobbrown 2 09-27 18:47
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  • milloup Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
  • [2004-09-27 17:43]
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What a creature, I thought you'd been to the salt water acquarium to get this ;-))
Very clean capture with focus spot on - which isn't always so easy with hairy fellows like these - good colours and DOF with bg nicely oof.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-09-27 18:00]

Photo réussie. Et j'apprend beaucoup par vos notes.

Successful photograph. And I learns a lot by your notes.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-27 18:04]
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Woah, what a fancy bog-brush you have there! Great capture Rob, I've not seen one of these. Great note too.

quelle belle chenille,les couleurs sont magnifique, la netteté aussi.
premiere fois que je vois cette sorte de chenille et je la tgrouve super !
merci .

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2004-09-28 1:34]

Woaaah! You spend way to much time prepping him for the photo Robert, and sorry to say you went a bit overboard. :)

This is a fascinating capture. You did very well with the DOF. The moth is pale, but this critter... front and centre of the Milan summer collection. :)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-28 2:22]

Very unusual and amazing colours and detail.
I've never seen one of these before.
A great capture and very good note too,thanks for the link to the adult.
Very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-28 3:28]

Who painted the tail? This is a real beauty and you captured it well. The color and sharpness is excellent. This one is a real Fasion victem. Thanks for sharing.

Very good macro Robert.
Great colours, nice composition and very sharp with good details.
Good note .
Well done.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2004-09-28 5:56]

Very nice shot!
Special worm, compliments!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-09-28 6:58]

So nice shot. A moving colrful brush. Excellent.

Robert, When I saw this one my first thought what was an excellent fishing lure this would make! ;-) Even with overcast conditions you did very well giving a very detailed,sharp & colorful image. That's my two cents!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-28 8:27]

Mi Dios!... si estos insectos fueran más grandes, serían las pesadillas de todos nosotros.
Espectacular Robert... tal vez tu mejor presentacion.
el colorido, formato de esta oruga es impresionante.
Excelente agudeza, como así tambien el DOF y POV elegidos.
Felicitaciones por una entrega 10 puntos.

My God!... if these insects were greater, would be the nightmares of all we.
Spectacular Robert... perhaps your better presentation.
The colorful and format of this caterpillar is impressive.
Excellent sharpness, like thus also chosen DOF and POV.
Congratulations by a post 10 points.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-09-28 10:25]

It's so amazing how outrageous nature can be! This cat is totally outrageous and stunningly beautiful at the same time. You have captured this punk rocker to perfection, Robert! It is what "we" here in the States would call a real "Wowser".

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-28 10:52]

Cette chenille est extraordinaire, je l'adore ! Quelle belle photo avec de jolies couleurs et une bonne netteté !
Great photo for a funny caterpillar !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-28 12:47]

What do you want that I say Robert?
wauwwwwwwww. Yes I like it very much, what a colours, what a composition, very good job, with my compliments

How can this creatures look so imaculate repting with all those brushes on them, this one is beautiful, and the capture excellent, the red fibres are perfect. Congratulations Robert, and thanks for the alternate id of the Russula, I already had noticed the non serrated edge and had doubth about it.

Now that is just amazing Rob this one does not want to be eaten. Iv never seen the likes of that. I just had to search up on the web and from that comes a very ordinary moth equally amazing! Great capture BTW..

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-09-30 14:18]

Wonderful caterpillar!
Colours and details are amazing.

waaaaaaa.... what creature...great capture.
very sharp and clean capture. so colourfull
great note.
well done.

Il est tellement mignon qu'on ne croirait pas qu'il s'agit d'une chenille. La macro est magnifique et d'une grande netteté. Bravo Robert.

Which definition, it is a macro haughtiness. Colours are magnificent and the composition also. I have never seen such an insect and, do not laugh, I look where begins the head!
Quelle définition, c'est une superbe macro. Les couleurs sont magnifiques et la composition aussi. Je n'ai jamais vu un tel insecte et, ne riez pas, je cherche où commence la tête!

Looks like some alien street sweeper.....lol!

Beutiful detail in the fine lines in both catipillar and leaf and wonderfully complementary colors. Well done.

What a great macro,Robert,and you captured it skilfully,really it's amazing with this colors tone,and in a soft light situation you managed it and the result is perfect,I like it a lot.

(sorry,I'm very busy,Robert,butmsure,I love TN,I miss here)

Great photo and the details are... Wow
Thanks for sharing I love it

Robert, what a bizarre creature. Even though, extremely beautiful. Looking at it, I even don't have the feeling it's a living being.

I also want to thank you for your note.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-01 4:19]

Wow, what a shaggy creature; it doesn't look real. You have caught it very well.

Robert, this is a excellent Picture. I hope, i can see more about the caterpillar. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-03-08 13:11]

Woooow... Excellent shot Robert, did you paint the tail? it don't look like a real caterpillar, :P Clear clean shot, great colours, nice DOF. Well done, thumbs up!

Our neighbors once found a distant relative of this fellow (in the USA) and it looked like a creature from a distant planet. This is remarkably clear and sharp, though perhaps with a green cast to the picture?

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-17 6:45]

This is excellent! What a character this caterpilar is! Wonderful! Unbelievable that you can find such an exotic creature in the UK. POV, DOF and colors are superb. Thanks a lot for sharing this. :)

İts very interasting worm
good capture
well done

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2005-05-13 20:22]

Hi Robert!
Very beautiful caterpilar! TFS
Best Regards!

I just love this guy.. lol

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-06-07 6:29]

Wow!!!!Some pic!I like everthing about it!!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-10 1:27]

That is a totally amazing creature, Paulo. The structure is amazing, the colors are amazing... Very clear macro. Congratulations. : )

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-06-10 13:16]

Fantastic shot!
You have an amaising gallery!

Robert, this is truly an amazing caterpillar, just beautiful, great capture. Sorry, I used up all of my similes today, but the intent is there.

What a fantastic picture! The caterpillar is awesome looking, it's got both bells & whistles. It looks like a mobile cleaning service with built in Paint Brush, Scrubbers & Sweepers. Paul :)

Great shot Robert :-))
Very good colors.


What a stunning picture Robert !!!

very well composed, great DOF and color definition. And also the note, very useful.


What an amazing caterpillar !
Thanks for this great pic and the relevant note.

Hi Robert, Excellent photo. Technically perfect and a beautiful caterpillar. It looks like a new fandangled tooth brush! Well done I realy can't see any way to improve. If I could I would give you a double smiley for this one.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-07 16:23]

Hi Robert,
No words for describing both photo and caterpillar. Very very good.
José M.

It's realy good picture. All the picture details are perfect - including compositions, colours, sharpness etc.


Hi Robert,
Amazing shot, great colors

Well done

a faultless macrophoto....

WOW! If i had seen a stationery one of this creatures, i'd probably think it's a sponge or a toy and i'd pick it up coz it's so nice and attracting! details are really nice. I have a pretty unique caterpillar too but i can't seem to find out it's name that has the same characteristics but it's orange. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Robert.
Good macro, Great colours, nice composition and very sharp with good details.
Well done.


What an attitude this chaps got. Amazing colour capture and spot on focus. Top job.


Hello Robert.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.


Hi Robert,

Wow, what a capture. This is a real beauty. The color and sharpness is excellent. POV, DOF and BG are good. Interesting notes. Regards and TFS Bob


What a beauty..!!!
Fantastic DOF and sharpness sir..!!!

TFS :-)

Hi Robert

Beautiful caterpillar! Could not open website (link). Are there male and female caterpillars?



It makes me feel like petting it. Love all the bristles. Absolutely beautiful shot. Very clear with good strong colours. Great foreground and background complete with good DOF. Wonderful SHOT! TFS Trevor

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