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Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-17 16:45
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the more ornately decorated caterpillars I captured this fall was this hairy little guy. I spotted this fellow munching on elm leaves along the forest edge.

I must admit the long lashes made him look like he was dressed up for a party, but I suppose to another caterpillar he probably looked fine.

You can find this individual in woodlands and forests from Canada to central Florida and Texas. They feed on alder, ash, birch, blueberry, chestnut, elm, grape, oak and many other woody shrubs and trees.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-17 18:31]

Hi Ron,

Fabulous light on this well displayed insect. The focus is razor sharp & the colors are of the purest quality. As well, it's symmetrically positioning on the leaf makes it extra pleasing to the eye. A real beauty!



Hi Ron. It's amazing how many different types of caterpillars there are. This one is truly original. I like how you ran the leaf into the picture to frame it and you've got great focus throughout. Excellent work! A beauty! TFS Trevor

Ciao Ron, great macro of beautiful catarpillar with fantastic details, splendid sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Amazing caterpillar Ron! Excellent photo!

superb ....execution of this shot.....superb indeed, but What a creature!!!!Good day/evening Ron Warner. Brilliant use of fill in flash although the risk of unpleasant reflection from the leaf was quite high, but obviously masterfully avoided. It is time this hairy ball to gain some weight before turn into rather ordinary but still gorgeous Banded Tussock Moth. Lovely depth of field despite the use of f/22. Brilliant white balance and composition! Canon 5D MarkII ...is a legend!
George Veltchev

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-17 22:45]

Bonjour Ron,
Très belle macro de cette chenille avec des détails fantastiques, une netteté superbe,
La lumière est bonne et les couleurs fantastiques.

Hello Ron,
Excellent presentation very interesting caterpillar.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-18 2:13]

Hi Ron,caterpillar are always spectaculars and this is a great beauty.What a strange design,i like it! And your perfect pov is the best way to discover this beauty,impressive sharpness,colors and light balance.Very well done,have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO

Hi Ron, Wow what a first class macro image from you my good friend, excellent detailed sharpness with fine clarity, superb use of fill in flash to compliment this awesome exposure/white balance, lovely colour saturation and just a splendid unobtrusive out of focus background, great effort here Ron Bravo and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-18 6:22]

This image is wonderful, Ron!
Great sharpness, detail and light. Splendid colours and perfect contrast with background. Very well done!!

Hello Ron,
A very good captured of this interesting caterpillar, excellent clarity sharpness, point of view and composition are also very good,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-18 7:00]

Hi Ron!
Impressive macro shot! Marvellous light and amazing details.
Very well composed,
Ciao! Vanda

hello Ron
Super picture with great details and good light
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

A most amazing and fantastic creature! A perfect setting with excellent detail and light. regards yiannis

Hello Ron,
What a great composition with superb clarity and very good sharpness.
The colors and focus are perfect. Amazing little insect with razor sharp details.

Hello Ron,
This is a superb shot with excellent detail and clarity. The colours are just beautiful!! Great DOF my friend. Enjoy the rest of the week.

HI Ron,
what a nice caterpillar. Great photo! Amazing colours. Excellent sharpness and details.
Have a nice day,

Hi Ron,

Interesting caterpillar with nice hairy look with good details & great sharpness.
Well done & TFS.

Hello Ron,
Very interesting caterpillar captured in a beautiful image. Details, sharpness, colours and POV are excellent. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-18 11:05]

Hello Ron.
Fantastic caterpillar and great photo. Good sharpness, interesting POV. Great field guide shot
I like it very much.Best regards Siggi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-18 11:14]

Hi Ron.
It is simply amazing image. I like it a lot. Lights, colours and details are stunning. Subject is also great. Alone leaf and attractive insect on it create a well looking composition. Bravo. Well done.

This one sticks out in the thumbnail...Only little hints suggest that you used a flash you did it so well..although a slow one and some time to get it right.. it still is standup picture with technical expertise all over it.

Hallo Ron,
a superb macro, outstanding sharpness and impressive details, brigth colours, excellent point of view and very nice composition
Best regards

Hola Ron,
en primer lugar muchas gracias por tus amables comentarios a mi fotografía.

Tu toma es excelente por varios aspectos, y uno de ellos es el buen manejo de la iluminación.
La composición es original y sorprendente así como la rareza de este insecto.

Un abrazo desde españa: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ron,

Very nice picture of this caterpillar on this lonely leaf against a darker bg. I like the insect curb and the nice colors and patterns. The only thing maybe is that the pov and the flash produced a more flattened image in my opinion...

Cheers and tfs the biodiversity of Ohio with us :)


very interesting caterpillar, excellent details and very nice composition Ron !

congratulations !

have a good time !

ciao, tino

strange hairy caterpillar, TFS Ori

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2011-11-07 8:24]

great capture .. very well lit

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-12 4:42]

Hello Ron,
Amazing creature and excellent caterpillar-picture. Superb sharpness and fine composition. Très beau!
Kind regards

Hello Ron

WOW ! the focus sharpness and details are superb,
with fine POV and framing, excellent contrast, TFS


This photo is just amazing. Light, POV, Macro, detail all come together with your Canon 5D Mark 11, Well done

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2012-01-20 6:47]

Stunning... never seen something like that. So different and unique. I like the picture very much, I think the flash light helps you get more details and contrast. The only think i would have made different is the format of the picture.
For my taste rectangle pics works best. TFS for sharing and very good info.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-20 6:57]

Hello Ron,
Missed this photo while I was on holiday. What a beauty, this caterpillar.
Excellent sharpness, details and a fantastic composition. Very beautiful colours. Great white balance.

Hi Ron,
Nature never fails to surprise with all those amazing shapes and colors. Excellent capture - what I like most about it is the composition and the way you placed the leaf in it.
TFS, Shir

hello Ron,
found so me new birds and had been looking for their IDs... found some, some are still unknown... then thought, why not visit your collection again? :)
after all you too live in the same region... birds could be same...
and then found this caterpillar! it's such a beauty! and absolutely new to me...
thanks for this post.

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