What is it!?

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  1. JTHphoto

    JTHphoto TPF Noob!

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    at least that's what I said when i first saw it. I've never seen anything like this before. It was about 3-4 inches long. I had to look it up on the internet, and apparently it is a caterpillar, the larvae of a cecropia moth - Hyalophora Cecropia. I think he's a little lost out here in Arizona...

    I had a hard time with the DOF, I was trying to use a +3 close up filter a couple of inches from it, i think i may have been better off without it, and just cropping...

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    2) This is a cropped shot to get a close up of it's head/face area...
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    I've seen those things before but never really knew what it was. Great captures!
     
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    That thing is real? Holy cow.. cool shots.
     
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    Are the multi-colored nubs supposed to be functional? A disquise or defense mechanism? Nifty looking creatures.
     
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    Jeez. I thought everybody knew what a caterpillar was.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    In my area, we've only got the hairy ones, as far as I know. I've never seen one like that, either.
     
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    very awesome shots, just excellent!
     
  8. JTHphoto

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    yep, it's real - definitely an odd little critter, I may not have believed it myself if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. :shock:

    From what I read they are suppose to look like stingers to keep the predators away but are completely harmless.

    I figured it for a moth caterpillar, but never seen one even close to this size, or shape with all the spikes... (i guess i'm just easily amused...) :mrgreen:

    Thanks! Just wanted to share...
     
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    I don't know much about them but iv'e seen similar things in NY too.
     

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