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the Hungry Little Caterpillar


the Hungry Little Caterpillar
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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: 2006-08-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European caterpilars, Attractive Moths - Notodontidae [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-20 8:29
Viewed: 4565
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the 3rd in the life of my little group of Buff-Tip moth caterpillars (Phalera bucephala) for a view of the adult posted by Merlin click here
The 1st was It's Getting a Bit Crowded Here
The 2nd was We Did all Fit on One side
They are all now growing very rapidly they are now 35mm in length (I measured it to see how big it was)they have to get to 75mm before they pupate over winter, and although they are still trying to keep together they no longer fit on one leaf, in fact it is a push to get 4 on a Salix cinerea leaf which is what they are feeding on here. There are many more food plants such as Alders, Oak, Hazel, Sycamore, Hornbeam and Birch, I have an image of a young group on a Oak branch which they were making good inroads into. Although they strip a branch of all its leaves this does not seem to hurt the tree as they leave the buds for next years leaves alone, so next spring growth will start as normal.
hope you enjoy this series and hope you find it informative.
yours robert

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Hi Robert.
You have some wonderful captures of this caterpillar in your latest posts. This is nice, although the crowded ones have more impact. I like your diadematus view also. It is very similar to the one I suggested you to look in my gallery, but with much paler colours.
TFS, have a nice day.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-20 8:45]

Hi Robert...

+ sharpness, DOF, framing, background, POV, color.
= illumination, notes.

Regards... Ricardo

Hi Robert,
Well done for this beautiful shot of a flashy caterpillar.
The framing is very good.
Regards.
Fred

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-20 10:37]

Hello Robert,
this looks wonderful, great POV and DOF. The wonderful neutral bg lets this caterpiller stand out very well. Beautiful sharp details and lovely colors.
TFS..Sky

Nice shot, more over with my lovely Sigma 105 Macro.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-21 2:50]

Ah... a great view of this individual by himself.
I finally get to see what one of these caterpillars look like. : )
Very sharp details with good exposure and nice colors.
TFS, Robert. : )

Bonjour,
Belle chenille. Espérons que ses poils ne soient pas urticant !
Bonne journée.
clnaef

Hi Robert
Very nice picture of this caterpilar. I've just breeded one of them ;-D
Very good colours and sharpness.

Chris

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