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Many thanks for the votes and comments on yesterday's Silver Spotted Skipper and especially to Ade for the UA, all are most appreciated.

This colourful critter was crossing the mountain road in front of me in Miraflores last month. It's the caterpiller of a large (mostly white) moth known as Cerura iberica. One of it's defence mechanisms is to spit formic acid at an attacker if provoked, something that i experienced as i placed him on the branch.

Off to Spain first thing tomorrow morning, hopefully to find some new butterfly species.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 100mm f2.8 L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jul 2012 - 7:11 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Cerura iberica
Username:NigelKiteley NigelKiteley
Uploaded:2 Aug 2012 - 11:20 AM
Tags:Cerula iberica, Close-up / macro, Moth, Wildlife / nature
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Margaret101
Margaret101 e2 Member 3Margaret101 vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 - 11:36 AM

Wow and eurgh!! what a brilliant shot! How big is he/she/it and what country? (That is what nightmares are made of!!)

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izida
izida  5 Turkey
2 Aug 2012 - 11:36 AM

Fine work..
Gulsen

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 11:37 AM

What a face....he looks like someone definitely not to be messed with.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 11:53 AM

What a fearsome creature.
You were brave to lift him!
So that's how you good photographers get
your perfect composition!
KateGrinGrin

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 11:55 AM

Super shot Nigel. Looks like this one is getting ready to pupate judging by the colour.

I found a few of these and reared them at home in the past. I found than gently blowing in their face caused them to display their facial and tail warnings which looks good for photos, but then one got me in the eye with Formic Acid - not nice! Smile

Last Modified By fishiee at 2 Aug 2012 - 11:57 AM

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 - 11:58 AM

Excellent shot, Nigel.
Tony

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AndalucianPhotoAdventures

Really well captured though might have gone for a slightly thinner branch myself. Just love Puss moth caterpillars, great find of one just about to pupate. Enjoy Spain we had 73 species in garden alone this year include several Apollos for the first time. Then again I do live in a butterfly hotspot.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 12:38 PM

Great find Nigel, although I'm very envious as you might imagine Sad Good luck in Spain, here's hoping you find what you're looking for?......I've no doubt more deserved awards will be winging there way towards you once you start posting the results. Well done mate, it's cracking image.....

Ade

Last Modified By Ade_Osman at 2 Aug 2012 - 12:39 PM

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michaelo
michaelo e2 Member 8michaelo vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 12:42 PM

stunning capture,although not the prettiest

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 1:03 PM

excellent! What a perfect capture ( and I do like the knobbly branch!)
I have kept your instructions preciously and will see what there is in September Smile

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91909 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 1:24 PM

Love this Nigel - immaculate detail - good choice with the branch imo.
Gets my small Award.
Brian.

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 2:24 PM

Amazing image. Great detail.

Gerry

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franken
franken e2 Member 123177 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 2:56 PM

A really impressive macro!

Ken

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 3:07 PM

To be avoided at all costs - very brave of you to risk being spat at but an excellent capture.
Joan.

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christinecilia
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2 Aug 2012 - 4:18 PM

wow great macro nice and sharp well done.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42396 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
2 Aug 2012 - 6:20 PM

Super image Nigel - have a good time in Spain ......hope you find whatever you are hoping to! Lou

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Aug 2012 - 7:11 PM

Excellent image Nigel and very unusual, congrats on the awards mate
Steve

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Snapitt
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2 Aug 2012 - 7:15 PM

Fantastic shot Nigel. Excellent capture with superb detail.

Jane

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Norfolkboy
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2 Aug 2012 - 8:12 PM

A truly splendid image.
Colin

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2 Aug 2012 - 9:15 PM

An outstanding image Nigel, straight out of the top drawer. What an image to leave us with, I look forward to viewing some shots of Spanish species i've never seen or heard of before

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2012 - 7:42 PM

Breathtaking detail, textures and tones. Isolated to perfection by the clean bg colour and so well composed on the diagonal.
Sylvia

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ianrobinson
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4 Aug 2012 - 7:54 AM

Amazing photo of one ugly muva.
It's almost like the caterpillar is posing for you.
Amazing shot.

Ian

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tomcat
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5 Aug 2012 - 10:17 AM

Just caught up with your latest uploads mate - all corking images
This one is unbelievable

Hope you have a good trip - againTongue

Had a session with my local Chalkhills yesterdayWink

Adrian

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AnnJ
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9 Aug 2012 - 10:27 PM

Absolutely brilliant! Ann.

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