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By ChiliMan several pics ago (still on Page 1 at this point in time) I uploaded a duotych of a couple of caterpillars.

Caterpillars of the Oleander Hawkmoth or Daphnis Nerii.

Well, here's the beautiful pattern to be found from an aerial view of said species of moth.

I found this fella in the house - don't know if it was one of the caterpillars. He was kinda subdued and a bit damaged - maybe from flying into the ceiling fan or being attacked by a house lizard. Anywho, I transferred him onto my hand, brought him to my desk and photographed him. After a while he crawled back onto my hand and refused to leave. So I transferred him to my left hand while I continued to photograph other things at my desk.

Wherever he is now, I hope there ain't no ceiling fans or lizards Smile


Tags: Flying Moth Pattern Insect Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Wings Wildlife and nature Daphnis nerii Oleander hawkmoth

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KJackson 10 7 1 England
17 Mar 2008 5:32PM
Wow what fab patterns and colours

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Mar 2008 5:34PM
What a fantastic coloured moth, Andrew, have never seen one like it. Thank you for sharing its beauty with us. Carol
davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2008 5:34PM
Looks good - seen them (varietes) in various parts of the world

janty66 10 3 England
17 Mar 2008 5:36PM
awesome shot..
proz 13 205 United States
17 Mar 2008 5:54PM
super shot Andrew.
17 Mar 2008 6:03PM
Brilliant shot great colour
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
17 Mar 2008 6:32PM
He is stunning !!!
luxaeternam 10 21 1
17 Mar 2008 6:44PM
Impressive. I thought it was some sort of kite for boys that want to be soldiers!
Smile Lucy
una Plus
14 10 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2008 7:07PM
Fabulous colour and detail.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2008 7:08PM
Amazing image; i've never seen a caterpillar like this one before.

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
17 Mar 2008 7:08PM
interesting one... Smile
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
17 Mar 2008 7:16PM
Very cool pattern. Nicely captured.
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
17 Mar 2008 7:50PM
Look at this from one angle & you see two eyes, a nose & mouth staring at you, then from another angle it reminds me of one of those stealth planes.....
A fantastic capture, & some wonderful colours & patterns to it which must be fantastic camoflage in it's natural habitat.
An amazing capture & presentation boyo Wink
Hilary (*.*)x
cram318 10
17 Mar 2008 8:01PM
Very cool shot.
Ant x
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
17 Mar 2008 9:41PM
I hope wherever he is there is only plenty of leaves and camouflage for him,he's gorgeous and i'm glad he came out to see us,great lighting,dof,patterns,shape and presentation.He's a cracker. Hope he doesn't get to near the ceiling lights.take care,AnnSmile
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
17 Mar 2008 10:06PM
Great work

pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2008 10:17PM
An absolute beauty, and the best type of presentation.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
17 Mar 2008 10:19PM
Terrific presentation, Andrew, lovely patterns and beautifully exposed.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
17 Mar 2008 10:20PM
Amazing shot, well taken.

KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2008 10:43PM
This is really unusual... lovely details... and looks good against the white b/g... simple yet really effective
Karen Smile
BlueRoom Plus
11 73 20 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 12:35AM
Immortalised, and very nearly turned into a frog. Beautifully done.

Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
18 Mar 2008 2:58AM
Beautiful symmetry. If I use my imagination there's so much to see in the patterns.
18 Mar 2008 6:52AM
Wow some detail in this, well done.

AlanBW 12 20 England
18 Mar 2008 7:16AM
Amazing shape and markings
18 Mar 2008 9:10AM
Pretty fantastic, Andrew!
Take care, Mac
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
18 Mar 2008 9:45AM
that is quite amazing, and good detail as well
trissie 11 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 9:50AM
A great capture, lovely patterns and markings.
Have never seen one Andrew.

Trish x
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 11:04AM
Excellent clean , sharp and simple! Love this.
18 Mar 2008 11:39AM
Amazing very well done.
User_Removed Junior Member 11 16 England
18 Mar 2008 12:11PM
Lovely detailed shot and superb i.d. image
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 2:40PM
what a magnificent creature, those markings are superb, well captured....and many thanks for your kind words...hugs all
18 Mar 2008 8:19PM
Amazing Andrew, amazing...

bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2008 9:49PM
Nice work.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
19 Mar 2008 6:53PM
Thanks, all Smile

Hilary, SO amazing you said that 'cos when I first saw this image, I thought it looked like a stealth plane in camouflage and I was actually gonna title the picture "Stealth"...!! Great minds, eh?? Wink

JudeC 11 6 3 England
20 Mar 2008 7:53AM
Wow - love this one - Jude.
Possum 11 148 England
20 Mar 2008 11:45PM
Take a bow, Andrew - this is absolutely awesome Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
21 Mar 2008 5:39PM
A superbly detailed close up of this beautifully marked moth, everything about this one is top notch
joseph 12 England
21 Mar 2008 11:54PM
Perfection Andrew...Joe.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
22 Mar 2008 6:58PM
love this
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
28 Mar 2008 12:32PM
Love moths Andrew and this is a beauty.

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