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Posted by Craig Lipski on Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:43 pm

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Sawfly larva
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I don't have "real" macro, and I'll work on technically better shots, but I was pretty happy with this fuzzy little alien.

5DIV
100-400 4.5-5.6 II + 500D (72mm - see note below)
1/160, f/16
Eval -.3
iso 800
Tripod, natural light

Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Note - the lens has a 77mm filter mount/ring/whatever.  When money was tighter and I had the v.1 lens, I did the math, 400mm/(f)5.6 = ~71.4, so I saved a few bucks buying the 72mm diopter and a step up/down/whatever ring - this is a roughly 50% crop, but even at 100% my amateur eye sees no vignetting or any extra distortion at the edges.

Edit: Cursory internet “research” leads me to believe this is “Butternut Woolyworm”, the larva of the sawfly Eriocampa juglandis, and this indeed is its natural, unparasitized state.  
Good light,
Craig


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by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:44 pm
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What a fun shot! I'm sure this larva doesn't actually have an expressive face, but it LOOKS expressive. :). An amazing critter. I have long been a fan of using telephoto lenses for macro....even though I just got a dedicated macro les. This works really well.
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by rhighercat on Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:30 pm
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Looks great with the set up! Strange creature with hyphae like structures growing out of it. Nice sharp image.
 

by Tom Whelan on Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:31 pm
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Great angle on the caterpillar, those fuzzy things are curious.
Long lenses are great for macro, and the 500D is really useful, once you get used to the narrow focusing range. You shouldn't see any vignetting with a diopter.
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by Craig Lipski on Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:47 pm
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Tom Whelan wrote:
Great angle on the caterpillar, those fuzzy things are curious.
Long lenses are great for macro, and the 500D is really useful, once you get used to the narrow focusing range. You shouldn't see any vignetting with a diopter.


My vignetting concern was based on using a 72mm diopter on a 77mm lens.
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by Carol Clarke on Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:36 am
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Wonderful image, Craig! Very well taken and presented - and a touch of fun too!

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by cwdavis on Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:12 pm
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Very nice photo, using the gear at hand! I suspect that Tom is right, that there is more to the ‘fuzzies’ of the little fellow than meets the eye, e.g., the could be fungal filaments from a parasite.
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by Craig Lipski on Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:35 pm
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Edited with additional ID info
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by cwdavis on Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:47 am
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Craig Lipski wrote:
Edited with additional ID info


You’re right, Craig,
A butternut woollyworm, it is.
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