Arctia caja - caterpillar

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 July 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Arctia caja (NL: Grote beer / EN: garden tiger moth / DE: Braune Bär) is a moth of the Arctiidae family. The moth is nocturnal and can usually only be seen flying around a source of light. The distinctively coloured, long-haired caterpillar, on the other hand, is seen more frequently. It can grow up to 6 cm long and plays dead when in danger.

Image: De Panne (B) - 22/05/2011

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Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Excellent, brilliant composition with these buds

15 Jul 2011 6:23am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Wat een prachtige foto! Heel goed gedaan!

15 Jul 2011 8:46am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Wonderful detail and I so like the affinity the caterpillar has with the flower head !

15 Jul 2011 10:49am

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Superbe macro!
De beaux détails et une belle composition. A+

15 Jul 2011 4:05pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic macro!!!!

15 Jul 2011 11:54pm

Roberta from Torino, Italy

all those fluffy hairs are amazing. I love the composition and colours as well!

16 Jul 2011 8:10am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Great close up and exquisite details!

20 Jul 2011 4:10pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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