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My husband came dashing in the house, yelled "grab your camera" and dashed out - so I did (well, you do don't you!). There in the middle of the yard was Cecil! The biggest, grandest caterpillar I have ever seen. It's an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar - my first!

I gently picked him up and invited him to a quick photoshoot! He was huge and his skin, velvety soft - I was really surprised at just how chunky and solid he felt.

Image 1 = He explored the picnic table.
Image 2 = I'd accidently nudged the table and he went into 'snake' mode.
Image 3 = I offerred some of my fuchsia to try and coax him out of 'snake' mode.

But he wasn't having it, he'd had enough. So I gently placed him on my shrub and this morning he has gone!

(P.S. I realise he's a little soft in places, but I really wanted to share the visit! Smile)

Camera:Canon S3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Cecil
Username:KarenFB KarenFB
Uploaded:30 Aug 2009 - 9:07 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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3 good shots - exc detail. V2 lifting it's head is good.

Chris

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 9:11 AM

A lovely set Karen, they're huge aren't they?

Well captured and composed...

Martin.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 9:13 AM

What a excellent set of shot, thanks for sharing your experience with Cecil.
Bob

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 9:14 AM

three beauties, I had one which I kept till it transformed into the moth which was a reall beauty in the softest pink tones. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Wink

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IainHamer
IainHamer  9 England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 9:15 AM

Really good selection of shots Karen. Well done

CLICK

Iain

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 9:22 AM

I found one of these once too, but it took me days and days to find out what it was.

John Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7139 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 9:25 AM

STUNNING! What a beautiful creature, Karen, and lucky you to have the opportunity to photograph one. Three super images. Carol

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CaptainTweaky
30 Aug 2009 - 9:36 AM

3 superb shots of this amazing looking creature - thank you for the sharing of them
David

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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 9:44 AM

Lovely image,Nice detail,V1 my fav.I found 1 in my garden on Friday,so it must be the right time of year,by the way they love Rosebay Willow herb as a food plant.
Martin

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wideangler
30 Aug 2009 - 10:52 AM

Wonderful images, great to have shared the experience.

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JohnDyer
JohnDyer  867 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 11:50 AM

thats not real, u made him out of Lego lol - wonderful creature

John

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2009 - 12:04 PM

wow what a beuaty, well found and brilliantly captured
bunSmile

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shamo
shamo  6
30 Aug 2009 - 12:30 PM

Great capture lovely looking caterpiller the moth is even more impresive. Nice one Karen.

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 1:43 PM

Great capture. I have never seen one of these beauties.

Albert

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 3:10 PM

Great set Karen... they're scary though aren't they.. I found one the other day and kept picking him up to get him to pose and he was really wiggly and strong, with those big gripping paws!

Jon

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 3:32 PM

Thanks everyone! Smile

Yes, feeling his feel really holding on to my arm was quite disconcerting. I was hoping he'd stay around my fuchsia bush, but today there is no sign of him!

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2009 - 4:25 PM

Great selection Karen.
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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 5:01 PM

Oh wow how lovely to see and get these super shots of this huge catapilar - I went to a Moth eve @ Pulborough Brooks last night the most colourful this time round was the Large Yellow underwing - had a photoshoot of them this am before release great fun. Ina

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Wooly
Wooly  9112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 6:33 PM

It' a beauty Karen, found one in my garden last year, but I never saw the moth.

Alan

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 6:56 PM

A super set of close up shots, what a great find

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 6:59 PM

Thank you everyone for your c&c's! Smile

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Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13323 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2009 - 11:38 PM

Good set,
Alan

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Visionwild
31 Aug 2009 - 12:40 AM

Great shot Karen - just found my 1st this year....yesterday

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2009 - 7:39 AM

Thank you Alan and Geoff! Smile

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
31 Aug 2009 - 10:23 AM

Wow, what a monster.
Annette

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bricurtis e2 Member 91911 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2009 - 12:28 PM

Would love to find one of these Karen - got the moth - V2 is a different take - I like that.Smile
Brian.

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foxtolbot  5 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2009 - 9:16 AM

great one karen pretty large, we only get diddy ones down in somerset.
keep up the good work.
James

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2009 - 3:56 PM

Thanks everyone! Smile

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HobbitDave
1 Sep 2009 - 6:07 PM

Fabulous capture. I once saw an elephant hawkmoth, but have never seen a caterpillar. Top series, and a rare beastie!
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maggie9  545 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2009 - 6:14 PM

fantastic encounter Smile

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UBOAT  741 forum posts Scotland
1 Sep 2009 - 9:06 PM

Great picture and great capture.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1621 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2009 - 10:24 PM

Wonderful find, I love these. They do feed on fuchsia so I'm surprised it has gone, too fussy I suppose.

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MandsH  7 England
2 Sep 2009 - 12:06 AM

Superb Karen, good job your camera was to hand
Mandy

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2009 - 5:50 AM

Thanks everyone! Smile

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videotec  6 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2009 - 3:11 PM

Not seen any of these since i was a lad--Many-Many Moons ago, thanks for putting them up, Great shots of a very large catterpiller.
Regards
Pete

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betts  6 England
2 Sep 2009 - 7:11 PM

Smashing set Karen, what a beast.
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Dinney  6 England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2009 - 7:34 PM

Superb shots Karen, Like V2
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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2009 - 7:46 PM

Thanks everyone! Smile

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RTDS  6 Cyprus
2 Sep 2009 - 7:48 PM

Excellent set of captures.
Great details.
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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2009 - 10:43 PM

Excellent shots Karen and I particularly like #2 with the raised head and the comical expression.
As he's your friend, I just hope you don't remember how the rhyme ends Wink
Tim

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2009 - 5:34 AM

Thank you Robert and Tim!

Lol! It's okay Tim, the last time I saw Cecil he was looking far from sick! Smile

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2009 - 11:12 AM

Thank you so much for your 'User Award' Dave! (aka HobbitDave)! Grin

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lobo_blanco
3 Sep 2009 - 6:39 PM

What a great set of photos and nice story.
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danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2009 - 5:23 PM

Absolutely tremendous Karen. A wonderful set.

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2009 - 7:56 PM

Thank you! Smile

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Gecko  825 forum posts Australia
9 Sep 2009 - 9:41 AM

Three great shots of this interesting critter. Pam

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2009 - 6:36 PM

Thank you Pam! Smile

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Alska  5 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2009 - 6:53 PM

Wonderful!

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2009 - 4:53 PM

Thank you! Smile

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sugees69  6 United States
30 Oct 2009 - 1:52 PM

It is impossilbe for me to leave a comment for every individual picture. So I am going to say it here for all of them. U have taken some of the best, if not the best Macro pictures I have ever seen. I love to shoot macro more then anything else, The only way I can get the kind of shots U have taken is with my SLR. I can't seem to get that with my new digital SLR no matter how hard I try. I have the new Panasonic DMC-G1 and I am still tring to learn how to use it. I hope once I do, I will take amazing macros like yours. I have found all of your work to be very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2009 - 10:06 AM

Thank you Grin!

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katie9
katie9 Junior Member 5 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2010 - 9:44 PM

Nice one V2 for me though
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