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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/849 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Montenegro
Theme(s): Caterpillars, 40-49 Points (Chapter 6), 50-60 points (chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-06 21:05
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Great Peacock Moth
Saturnia pyri ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Family: Saturnidae

It's a caterpillar of the largest European moth. It's wingspan may reach even 17 centimeters - a true monster. The larva is not small either - the full fed specimen may be 10 centimeters long, as this one was :-)

This nocturnal species inhabits open landscapes with scattered trees and shrubs, occurring from sea-level in western Europe to over 2000m altitude in the Levant and Iran. Parkland, orchards and vineyards with shade-trees are particularly favoured.

Most adults emerge in the late morning, with females calling that same night, often from the base of trees up which they have climbed. Pairing takes place just before midnight and lasts for about 22 hours. After separation, the male flies off in search of another mate. If possible, the female climbs to the highest vantage point possible before launching herself clumsily towards the nearest shadow on the horizon which, often as not, is a tree. The reason for this strange behaviour is that most females carry too many eggs at first and are 'bottom-heavy'. This stop-start process continues until about 30 eggs have been deposited, usually in chains of five to eight on the trees' branches or trunk. The rest of the eggs are laid on the leaves and twigs of suitable hosts.

Depending on latitude and altitude, late March to the beginning of June as a single generation; however, odd individuals are sometimes found in late autumn. In central Europe most are on the wing in mid to late May.

Hostplants. Many species of tree and shrubs, with a preference being shown for common walnut (Juglans regia). Also pear (Pyrus communis), apples (Malus), sweet cherry (Prunus avium), blackthorn (P. spinosa), almond (P. dulcis), peach (P. persica), olive (Olea europea) and many others.

Source: Saturnidae of Europe

See also "psychedelic I"

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Hi Michal,
Excellent composition, The colors and detail are perfect. Good DOF. A really interesting subject. Vey Well Done!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-06 22:13]

Hi Michal,
Excellent close-up!
Very good clarity, sharpness and colour.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-10-06 22:13]

é uma excelente imagem, gostei muito das cores e do enquadramento, parabéns!

What a cool looking subject. I would personally like to see the whole caterpiller but otherwise it's a cool close-up shot! Paul :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-07 1:46]

That is an amazing caterpillar, Michal. It looks as if it has come from outer space. The colors are stunning, and totally unreal. So bizarre. Sharp details and great POV. Thanks for a most interesting post. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-07 1:50]

You are right, this caterpillar is psychedelic ;-) Great colors, DOF and sharpness. Congratulations Michal and thanks for sharing.

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2005-10-07 3:28]

hy! Excelletn shot with great colours and sharpness. Interesting animal!
Good work!

Hello Michal!
Wonderful macro.Colors,POV,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-10-07 4:32]

Very interesting and nice macro. Excelent composition with perfect details and colors.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Great colours and details in this macro Michal, it's very sharp with nice natural tones in the image. Well composed or the frame as well. Great job!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-07 5:19]

Cute, pretty coloured caterpillar. With a name like Peacock I imagine it will grow into a prettily coloured moth. This is a very good macro of it, well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-07 5:26]

It looks like some kind of psycho cactus ;-) Very weird creature. Good details and colours, sharp, well composed with great note. I like it!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-07 6:00]

Hello Michal!
Magnificent close up.Vivid colors,crisp clear details,POV,DOF and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-07 6:39]

This is great! Colors are amazing and the composition is perfect. Wonderful macro. Well done & TFS!


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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-10-07 9:55]

Wow!Wow!!Some pic!Congratulations!!!

Hi Michal,
this is the most interesting shot I've seen here for a long time. I can't beleave that this is a real animal and not a cartoon.
The colours are marvelous and you captured it with very good sharpness, so we can see every beautiful detail. Thank you very much, this is what I like TN for, seeing more and other sides of this wonderful earth, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Michael,
Very nice macro shot
Sharp is great

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-18 4:37]

Rebonjour Michal,very splendid macro with this unusual caterpillar!! I have never seen before. Composition and colors are perfect. TFS Didier.

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2005-10-23 5:38]

Wow, excellent macro shot. Very interesting details seen on spikes and hair, terminated with a "bulb". Colours are stunning, yeah, psychedelic as you say ! Good composition. This lateral light projects interesting shadows of the protruding spikes on its rear. Very well done, Patrick

This shot is incredible! The colours are so beautiful and this animal is fantastic! Bye and congratulation

Bravo very high quality of photo!!!

Very interesting close-up. Fantastic details and colors.

Monster indeed!

Fantastic macro image!
Excellent clarity, no complaints on sharpness! That's my favorite color, I must add this image to my list!
Thanks Ana:)

Great close up

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-10-10 9:50]

Wspaniala fotografia. Takiego robala jeszcze nie widzialam. Niesamowite kolory i szczegoly.


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-18 15:37]

Cześć Michał. Fantastyczne zdjęcie, tytuł dobrałeś idealnie. Kolory ostrość super. Doskonała robota.

What a cute face! hehe

Lovely colors and nice details in this interesting macro.


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-09 16:17]

incredible shot Michal.
Very good job with perfect technical management of everything.
Regards and TFS.

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