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Orgyia antiquoides - caterpillar

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 24 July 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Orgyia antiquoides (Sorry, could not find an English name for this one / Heidewitvlakvlinder) is a moth in the family Lymantriidae wich is very rare and local in Belgium. The hairy caterpillar is spectacular, with "humps", "horns" and a "tail". They are easily recognized by their horn-like tufts of hair-like setae. There are 4 toothbrush-like tufts along the back, and black hair pencils that project from the sides at the front and at the back. The adults fly from early July till early September. The males are active during daytime. The females are wingless.

Image: Kalmthout (BE) - 20/07/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/20 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

la mise au point est parfaite, elle a une tête sympa

24 Jul 2010 5:49am

@Julie: Thanks, Julie. It's a tiny but wonderful caterpilar.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

superb macro ! lovely specimen

24 Jul 2010 10:35am

@Veronique: Thank you very much, Veronique.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtig, fantastische compositie en scherptediepte.
Ik heb deze zelfde rups ook gefotografeerd tijdens mijn vakantie in de Belgische Ardennen.

24 Jul 2010 7:49pm

@Mascha: Bedankt voor de complimentjes, Mascha. Ik denk dat je in de Belgische Ardennen de broer (of zus) van deze soort gevonden hebt: de witvlakvlinder (Orgyia antiqua). Deze komt verspreid over het gehele land voor, terwijl de soort die hier op de foto staat (de Heidewitvlakvlinder - Orgyia antiqouides) heel sterk gebonden is aan (eerder vochtige) heidegebieden. Die habitat heb je niet echt vaak in de Ardennen. Op vlindernet kan je allicht nog wel meer info vinden. Vergelijk goed alle details van de rups want echt eenvoudig zijn ze niet uit mekaar te houden.

Shayna from Seeley, Canada

Wonderful shot! Love it! *****

24 Jul 2010 10:48pm

@Shayna: Thank you very much for your apreciation, Shayna.

Becky from los angeles, United States

WOW! Great -

24 Jul 2010 11:28pm

@Becky: I'm glad you like this image, Becky. Thanks.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Wow I love the detail! All those fine hairs!

25 Jul 2010 9:38pm

@Dutçh: This one has a very creative hairdresser!

Véro from Savoie, France

Magnificent ball of fluff! As if it had the straight hair on the head ! I would say that it has also braids !
wonderful pic !

26 Jul 2010 9:02am

@Véro: Yes, the black braids are a lovely detail on this species (It's also a diagnostic feature on the species). Thanks for your appreciation, Véro.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Een harige paaldanseres ... gave houding heb je hier vast kunnen leggen, erg mooi Johan!

27 Jul 2010 12:03pm

@Monique: Ik vond vooral de staartjes een leuk detail bij deze soort. Blijkt het op de koop toe een rode-lijst-soort te zijn (pas nadien bij het opzoeken te weten gekomen). Maakt voor mij de foto nog eens dubbel waardevol.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Very nice detail and of course the background and light. A wingless moth?

28 Jul 2010 2:41am

@Julie Brown: Indeed wingless females. It seems that this is not uncommon in this family of moths. Untill now i've only seen the caterpillar. Have to search for the adults too. Hope I can find them once...

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

It made me smile :)

9 Aug 2010 7:19pm

@Christine: You ran though a part of my portfolio I presume ? Glad you like my images and isn't that a great feeling - nature that can make people smile ... Maybe that is one of the reason I try to make images ... Have a nice day, Christine (and please keep smiling !)

Krisu from Tampere, Finland

Oh and WOW!!

20 Aug 2010 7:48pm

@Krisu: Its a cuty, isn't it ? Have a nice weekend, Krisu !

Canon EOS 400D
1/20 second
ISO 200
150 mm