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Cute chap

Cute chap
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/64 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Beautiful Moths, Bellas Polillas, Belles Mites..., Nature's cutest, Magnificent Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-27 3:22
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It may be quite surprising, but I took this picture yesterday. I found this moth sitting on the door in my house. I have no idea what was it doing here at this time of year, but I'm glad I've found it.
I think it looks cute with these dark eyes and big feather-like antennae.

I don't know the ID though I think this look quite simmilar to some moths from Limantria species. So any help will be welcome (I post a picture of whole moth to WS).

As far as I know this is a male. You can say that looking at the antennae. They are equiped with elaborate side bristles what gives them look of feathers or ferns. Such antennae are thought to give the moth a particularly sharp sense of smell, so he can detect minute traces of females perfume.


Thanks to Nigel I have a correct ID. So this is a male of Pale Tussock moth (Calliteara pudibunda).

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-27 3:30]
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Hello Monika, some may think he is cute maybe others will think this is ugly :-) I'm pleased that you think for former as he has his qualities. I like the POV here and the lighting is pretty good too. In one way, with those antennae he does look a little like a demented rabbit :-)

Maybe that's why he was in your room, he had detected your perfume?

Very well done, thank you for posting.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-27 3:38]

What a great macro, Monika. Very sharp details. I really like the frontal POV too. Great job and TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-27 3:43]

Hello Monika.
Superb macro.It's very close and well detailed.Sharpness,POV,lighting,contrast,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Fantastic macro.

This is superb Monika. I thought it might have been a bat!! What a find, So are you going to mind him all winter, do they live that long and in the cold weather? Great macro, well done. TFS.

Great image Monika, very nice magnification with good contrast and sharpness. One of the best images featuring his antennae I've seen so far. TFS!

So you took a picture while I was visiting you, how cute...
:) I LOVE THIS! So cool, I wish this guy was a foot long and he could be my pet!

Could be Lymantria dispar (after seeing the WS), a known pest for apple trees. Are they some aplle trees or plum trees around your house?
Very nice the POV, giving a detailed sight of the antennae.

Regards, Petru

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-27 6:50]

Monika bonjour, splendid shot on this moth. Colors that harmonize. Composition and sharpness are perfect. Very well done and happy new year Monika, Didier.

Hi Monika,
Excellent macro shot on this moth. Your flash did a good job here on the exposure. The colors and detail look great. Very interesting looking guy with what would be a winter coat on a mammal.

Very good sharpness, detail & exposure Monika. Very well composed and I like the curved surface I see that it's resting on.
Very well done. Thank You!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-12-27 8:11]

This is new moth,i never seen before.Sharp details.thanks for sharing it.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-27 8:47]

Hi Monica quiet an interesting guy. Looks more like a cremlin. Thanks for sharing. Reina

Wow, Monika,
this is a makro makro makro-shot - so close - excellent. It's realy a funny guy, I'm glad with you that you found it. I love it, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Monika

Unfortunately for me it is back to work, so I am sneeking this in while I sit at my desk and think of those enjoying their festive holiday. Nice work. Good POV and colours. Very well composed. TFS.

Fantastic macro close-up of this cute little guy, the lighting on this was done nicely with great composition. :)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-27 17:38]


La prise de vue est excellente et léclairage est parfait.

Félicitations pour la netteté.


Hi Monika
What a beautiful close up shot!! This butterfly looks like the little phantastic animal that we can see in the "Gremlins" movie! The light and colour are phantastic! Well done. Cheers

Good to see your work again Monika, I really should spend more time on this site. This is stunning, the detail in the antennae is superb...well done.

Hi, Monika:
Been away for a while, or I would have picked this one up sooner. This is a male Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda, more famous for the outrageous caterpillar! This is a very late specimen, but I am 100% certain of the species. There's a nice series of pics here.
Have a very Happy New Year.

Hi Monika,
Catch up time again!!
Great capture, good detail and sharpness. Great POV, exposure and composition. As always, sweet and perfect.
I hope you had a good celebration for new Years. ;)
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Perfect. This is a superb macro shot. Your POV and angle of approach making the most use of the limited DOF. Tack sharp and nice contrasts.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-01-06 13:03]

it is a wonderful close up...
the light and the details...
just amazing..
well done.. :)

Odd how this actually looks cute like a little kitten. Leave it to Nigel for the I.D., he helped me on my owl photo yesterday, LOL! Great macro, TFS.


bonjour monika
magnifique macro,de bon details et netteté,cadre simple mais approprié.


Very gooooood!!
Great shot Monika!


I see you! great macro with great colours, details and composition!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-04-05 6:32]

This is an excellent macro Monika. Supern details and good lightening. Well done & TFS!


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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-04-26 18:11]


Brak mi słów - PERFEKT!!!


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