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Old Sep 27, 2010, 10:11 PM   #11
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Very interesting pictures! I was thinking along the same lines as penolta - those spines sure look fearsome! Never thought about them being poisonous.
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 4:44 PM   #12
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 5:23 PM   #13
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Some really fine sharp photos, with excellent color & action!

They do look like some kind of slug moth caterpillar - all of them have very painful irritants in their spines!
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 2:02 PM   #14
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Thank you very much to everyone for commenting ... I'm afraid I have been really busy at work before the National Day holidays here so have only been able to pop in - take a quick look at a couple of threads and then rush out again

Thanks SSG for the link. But it definitely isn't a Spiny Slug caterpillar. I checked out quite a few on that site and then others, but the problem (pigmentation aside) is the size .... these were tiny, no more than 1cm give or take a little.

Bock - the first shot was at 1:1 with the Tamron 90. All the others were the same Tamron at 1:1 however with the addition of the Raynox 250 to give a magnification of something over 2:1 I guess (being too tired to sit down to work it out) !

John - I'm taking that Tamron to the grave with me !

Poisonous spines - yes all the research I did had me a little concerned - luckily I didn't touch them anyway but through the eye of the lens (can't really see them without some type of magnification) those spines looked vicious !
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I checked out quite a few on that site and then others, but the problem (pigmentation aside) is the size .... these were tiny, no more than 1cm give or take a little.
Hey - they have to start somewhere! The egg they come from is probably no larger than a pinhead. From what I have read, slug caterpillars (if that is what they are) are only gregarious like that when they are small, they go off alone when they grow larger.

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Poisonous spines - yes all the research I did had me a little concerned - luckily I didn't touch them anyway but through the eye of the lens (can't really see them without some type of magnification) those spines looked vicious !
Not to worry - on something as big as a human, they probably would do no more than raise a few welts.
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