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Lophocampa maculata

Lophocampa maculata
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-12 6:06
Viewed: 3152
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Spotted Tussock Moth, Mottled Tiger or Spotted Halisidota (Lophocampa maculata) is a moth of the Arctiidae family. It is found across southern Canada, the western parts of the United States, south in Appalachians to South Carolina and Kentucky.

The wingspan is 3545 mm. The moth flies from May to July; the larvae remain from July to September. There is one generation per year.

The larvae feed on the leaves of poplar and willow, but also feed on alder, basswood, birch, maple and oak.

Named "Tussock moth" for the tufts of hair on the caterpillar. According to Wiktionary, a tussock is a tuft or clump of green grass or similar verdure, forming a small hillock.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae
Genus: Lophocampa
Species: L. maculata


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Hi Derek,
Excellent shot, nice blue background for this caterpillar with an amazing sharpness.

Ciao Derek, great macro of beautiful caterpillar on fantastic blue sky, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Derek,
Perfect sharpness and focus of the subject proved you dexterity or skill on macros,
With regards,-Joy

Hi Derek,
amazing caterpillar. Beautiful warm colours. Great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Woah DEREK..this picture WOKE ME UP!! Vibrant capture indeed! Well done macro and fun POV

Hi Derek. A beautiful shot with even contrasts throughout. The white hairs against a perfect blue sky is brilliant! I love the colours in the best lighting. Well done! TFS Trevor

amazing caterpillar, TFS Ori

Delightful capture of this larva of a Tussock Moth against the blue sky, Derek.
The details and colors on the subject are very attractive.


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