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my wife spotted this today and i took a few shots of it that im going to post up for the next few days.

My wife looked it up and found out it was the ELENPHANT HAWKMOTH caterpiller, very strange looking thing and very flighty which i was suprised about. Never seen one before snd it was around 80mm long, 3 inch ish. Gets its name from its unusual snout which is why i chose this image to upload.

Thanks for looking and all comments most welcome.
Luke

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:100mm Macro
Recording media:iso 100 f/9
Title:Guess what?
Username:JEFFERIES JEFFERIES
Uploaded:11 Aug 2005 - 11:08 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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patri
patri  10 Italy
11 Aug 2005 - 11:09 AM

Great close up, love the "face".

Patrizia

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96002 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2005 - 11:10 AM

Lovely velvety texture - excellent

Alison

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110181 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2005 - 11:15 AM

Good capture Luke - it looks like a (miserable) Teddy Bear.

An interesting subject

Brian

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pipapelada
11 Aug 2005 - 12:00 PM

I keep coming back to this! It's a fascinating creature.
pip

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2005 - 12:30 PM

Well thats different Luke!......

But don't you mean Elephant!...LOL

Ade

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JEFFERIES
JEFFERIES  957 forum posts
11 Aug 2005 - 12:37 PM

trust you Ade!!!lol

but i aint goona change it...

;o)

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dalischone
11 Aug 2005 - 12:47 PM

Fantasic close up Luke, great detail.

Tracy

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NeilJ
NeilJ  9
11 Aug 2005 - 12:52 PM

That's not it's snout. It's head is folded down and puffs up its neck to look bigger when under threat. if you wait long enough it will come out and you can see it has a small head. nice shot though..

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grom
grom  9239 forum posts
11 Aug 2005 - 1:20 PM

cracking shot,got a few adult pictures of these,they look a little like bats,focus and DOP is just about as good as you can get,flawless,if neilj's correct would clone out the white mark below the right ear mark and above the eye mark,impressive markings though looks a little like a bear(face)

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sandyb
sandyb  1034 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Aug 2005 - 1:26 PM

well captured. a superb composition,well spotted .sandyb

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OLDNIK  9
11 Aug 2005 - 1:27 PM

good close up detail and colour spot on .

pj.

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John_Wannop
John_Wannop e2 Member 952 forum postsJohn_Wannop vcard Wales
11 Aug 2005 - 2:08 PM

Great detail,well done.

john

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Varanus
Varanus  932 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2005 - 2:16 PM

Wow, haven;t checked in on your profile for a while, looks like i've been missing out! this looke so cute till i clicked on the thumb and realised what it was!
excellent as always, nice to see your standards haven't slipped!

Click

Dom

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perrism
perrism  9
11 Aug 2005 - 3:38 PM

You're a star! Back in 1978 I found one of these in my parents' garden, I wouldn't touch it and even my pet cat was wary of it (and she ate spiders), I described the thing to my biology teacher who said she knew what it was but she wasn't going to tell me, and I'd have to find out for myself.. this evening, I have! Only took 27 years..

Good photo, too! Smile

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franm
franm  9 Wales
11 Aug 2005 - 9:53 PM

Great shot, lovely composition and detail - as well as being a novel and interesting subject
Fran

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phowtow
phowtow  946 forum posts
12 Aug 2005 - 12:45 AM

great close up, if your wondering what it will look like when its all grown up..

here it is.

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acbeat  9 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2005 - 1:04 AM

great shot looks like an old seal .andy b

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2005 - 10:15 AM

Freaky!

Well done!

Tim

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2005 - 5:25 AM

Nice shot, love the close up. Now you need to follow it around to catch it when it cocoons and hatches out! Wink Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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jeanbrain
jeanbrain  9
15 Aug 2005 - 9:03 AM

Hi Luke Nice to your photo of the Hawk moth
caterpillar we met him 14yrs ago he raided my Quaser fushia he really enjoyed he used to go walks down to the pond and come back to his quaser it was lovely aswell to see the actual moth what a specimen cheers jean.

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