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Buff-tipMoth Caterpillar 45cm

Buff-tipMoth Caterpillar 45cm
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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: 2006-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 320, Cokin 58mm close-up +4
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European caterpilars [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-23 15:01
Viewed: 3611
Points: 8
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The next in the series about a group of Buff-tip Moth Caterpillars (Phalera bucephala) this is the Day after "It's Changing day again" and they seem to have recovered their appetite , this one has munched it's way through a whole Grey WillowSalix cineria leaf, it was not long ago they all fitted onto one leaf the same size"We Did All Fit on One Side" but the Hungry Little Caterpillar they have grown a lot, they were 35mm long on the 19th August and now on the 23rd they are 45mm and all this growth seems to have happened since they went through there regular change of clothing/skin yesterday see "Its Changing day Again", and before that was on the 12th of Aug "It's Getting a Bit Crowded" so they are well on their way to full growth of 75mm when they will crawl down to the ground and find a nice warm soft place amongst the leaf litter to spend the winter in pupation to emerge some time in May - June looking like a very good imitation of a dead twig have a look at this one posted to TN by (Merlin) Adult Buff-tip Moth
It is to be noted that not all them made it through changing day alive, this morning they were 5 dead or very nearly so, they all still had their small eye coverings in place so i presume they were too weak to be able to shed this. though one did manage to complete the change later in the day< but thats nature for you only the strongest survive.
Crop slightly, mainly top and bottom
Sharpen with USM

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To Aramok: They are doing me a favourRobbrown 1 08-25 17:52
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Hi Robert,
this is a hairy guy - a wonderful shot to see it "walking" under this blade of grass.
Excellent sharpness, we can see so well how he uses the feet to hang there, very good and interesting, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Robert,
A fantastic shot. Sharp and crisp clear picture. Composition, pov, and dof are great. Very well done.

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-08-24 4:46]

Hi Robert,
I very much like your series, and your attentive observations, following day by day the growing-up of these caterpillars; would they become our favorite pets ? This picture is wonderful, extremely sharp, beautiful background. The caterpillars' hairs show off nicely.

I do hope these are at the nursery and not at home, you won't have any garden left otherwise!

Great picture, but have you noticed how they are always upside down when you want to photo an individual either that or on the ground... guess it was feeling exposed.

nicely done, and great sharpness adn contrast.


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