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Cossus cossus caterpillar

Cossus cossus caterpillar
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Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European caterpilars [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-28 5:49
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Points: 23
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Firs time I was keeping goat moth caterpillars 5 or 6 years ago. I found first instars on the bark of the tree. These time I received one larva from my friend Piotrek. Unfortunately the caterpillar is moving all the time and it is hard to take a good photo.

Goat Moth (Cossus cossus) Family: Cossidae
Adult moths had reduced proboscis and doesn’t eat . English name comes from the strong “goaty” smell of the caterpillar.

Flight period: from May to August

Caterpillars host plants and life cycle: Eggs are laid on bark of various deciduous trees: Salix, Populus, Betula, Alnus and fruit trees (Malus). First instars are eating wood under the bark. Older caterpillars borrows into the tree-trunk. Development and growth can last two to four years. Fully growth caterpillar is 5 to 7cm long.

It is possible to keep the caterpillars at home. We can feed them with bread or potatoes.

Wing span: 65-80mm

Range: Europe, North Africa, Western Asia

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Niezly kawal miesa :-) Szkoda tylko, ze cokolwiek poruszona no i ostrosc jest jednak chyba glownie na tlo, a nie na nia. Troche zbyt ostre swiatlo dajace plamki przepalen - rozproszone swiatlo byloby znacznie lepsze. Aha i jeszcze jedno - nie mozesz "breed" gasienic (rozmnazac), mozesz je za to "keep" czyli "trzymac".
Ale sie nawybrzydzalem :-)
Duza buzka

Krzysztof hi..
Nice compo and sharp Goat Moth's caterpillar.

This is a very clear and detailed shot, I specially like the colour and the glossy texture captured. Interesting note too.
I dont know if this is good for TN, as I see it is a domesticated animal... just joking :D
Have a nice weekend Krzysztof. Regards, Felipe.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-28 11:03]

Hallo Krzysztof,
although it is restless, you obtained a sharp picture of this large caterpillar. Colours are natural and the light in connection with the glossy surface parts is well managed.
Best regards, Peter

Hello Krzysztof!
This Goat Moth looks beautiful with its shiny colours and nice shape.
I saw a pretty species of caterpillars in Mumbai, India, during the rainy season this year. There were so many of them all around the park land the place was littered with their dead bodies crushed under the feet of joggers. They moved around very fast, so my pictures of them are not very sharp. I will share one of them here one day and ask for your valued opinion about them.
Thanks for the picture and bye.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-28 12:43]

Czesc Krzysiek!

Za Michale ;-) kawal miecha na obiad. Spotkalem cos takiego tego lata - bardzo agresywna + wielkie szczeki. Jak na trudne warunki, to calkiem przyjemne, 'edukacyjne' zdjecie.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-28 14:46]

Hello Krzysztof,
Your shot and info. are useful if one is curious about the appearance of a Goat Moth larva and about the life history of the moth itself and to that end you present a sharp and well-composed picture.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-28 15:01]

Hi Pabis
Nice close-up shot. Good colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done


very good capture of this caterpilar. Unfortunatelly I've never seen it before - onlt on pictures ;-)
Very good colours and sharpness. Thanks


Thge last time I have seen such a caterpillar was in Kenya. It was called Malindi Express.
Beautiful Close-up.

Although the caterpillar was "moving all time", Krzysztof, you managed to take a beautiful photo, where your subject is sharp from one end to the other. Good detail and natural colours. Interesting note too.

Preciosa toma del Cossus. En mi zona da bastantes problemas en cultivos, especialmente en los perales , aunque también he visto grandes ejemplares en los sauces llorones ( Salix babilonica ). Ilustrativo fondo. Un buen documento.

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