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Lobster Moth

Lobster Moth
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-15 10:09
Viewed: 2264
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lobster Moth (Stauropus fagi) is a moth from the family Notodontidae. The moth has a wingspan ranging from 40 to 70 millimetres and varies in color from grey to green and brown.

In the first instar the caterpillar feeds entirely on its own egg-shell and is unusual in that it mimics an ant or small spider. This is due to the long thoracic legs "and caudal appendages which are ever nervously twisting about". If the larva is disturbed during this period it wriggles about violently in the same manner as an injured ant. "The young caterpillars keep guard over their own egg-shell. They keep nervously moving around and about this, and if perchance another caterpillar should approach within touch of it, a vigorous attack is made to drive off the intruder." After the first skin change the larvae feed on the leaves of Oak, Beech, Birch or Hazel. During the following instars the caterpillar develops even more of an odd appearance with "a large head, (the) long thoracic legs, raised humps on the fourth to seventh segments and a greatly swollen anal segment that has the claspers modified into long thin structures" The general colour is reddish brown and if in its resting position provides perfect cryptic camouflage. The larvae can grow to a length of 70 mm and if disturbed by a potential predator can put on a menacing display with the thoracic legs splayed out and the head arched back over the body. The moth pupates in a strong cocoon, "usually spun up between dead leaves". The moths emerge the following year from May until July depending on conditions.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-15 10:34]

Hi Marx,
Excellent macro work.Composition and light are very good.
Nice natural colours with excellent detail.
Perfect blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-15 11:44]

Hi Marx,
this image is really wonderful! Is a real pleasure to observe!Everything is just perfect.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2011-08-15 13:39]

Hi Kol,

this is an absolutely marvelous contribution to TN, great photography of an interesting creature. And you provide a good note with it. My compliments !

Best regards

really a rare species. good details. tfs.

Excellent capture. sharp detail, nice colours and lighting. regards vijeesh

Buen enfoque y buena luz, con tonalidades reales y atractivas.
Saludos Marx.

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