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Goatweed Butterfly - caterpillar

Photography Insects posted on Sep 09, 2007
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Nikon 7900 image. This has been a good year for me with finding caterpillars. I have discovered a number of them that I have never seen before. Some very small and some a bit bigger, lol. Todays posting is not the most colorful I have found but it has some interesting aspects. It rolls itself up in a leaf like a "caterpillar cigar". It stitches the edges together with silk and uses this shelter for protection between feeding forays. Both ends of the tube are left open, one to enter/exit from and one to allow the caterpillar poop to be expelled from the tube after the feeding excursions. There are several hatchings a year and the Butterflies that hatch late in the season actually overwinter as adults and start the cycle again come spring. I hope to find some chrysalis this year. I include a pic of a Goatweed Butterfly egg and one pic to illustrate the size of this little green guy. The full size view is large enough to allow a close look at details. Thanks to those who take the time to comment. Lee

Comments (15)



1:01AM | Sun, 09 September 2007

Splendid work!!!



1:35AM | Sun, 09 September 2007

Beautiful macro of this guy!...When you see these insects close up, it's pretty amazing to see how mother nature has given them each different tools/camoflauge and construction...all to allow them to play their part in the ecosystem and to give them each a chance of survival....But, I must say you have some pretty weird lookin' critters in your neighborhood...LOL!



2:00AM | Sun, 09 September 2007

Absolutely awesome detail, the head looks to be covered in warts as is th whole body come to that. It also looks to have some impressive armour for a caterpillar with the sections, yet it also looks soft and cuddly. A great find, another one I have never seen, I must take more notice of my surroundings. Thanks for sharing. Bravo!!!!!



2:25AM | Sun, 09 September 2007

The detail is incredible. a great looking caterpillar.


3:20AM | Sun, 09 September 2007

Amazing how different this one is from the others you have posted. The chubbiness is wonderful but the texture is wonderful. Great shot!


4:26AM | Sun, 09 September 2007

Amazing macro - wonderful details



8:59AM | Sun, 09 September 2007

why oh why can i never get a macro to look this amazing?? what am i doing wrong? also when I click the full size view its even more amazing the details really jump out. Lee you are a master at this!!!! I really need to pick your brain on how you are able to do this. and I don't want to be able to shoot spiders so we wont go there lol Great job lee :-)



10:35AM | Sun, 09 September 2007

Hi Lee, I've missed you .. I've fallen so far behind, and seem to never catch up. This is a great cattie shot. Seems whenever I shoot a caterpillar, only a small part of it is in focus.. how can I fix that?



1:30PM | Sun, 09 September 2007

Spectacular detail!!! A must see in full size! Super image!!!



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7:52PM | Mon, 10 September 2007

astonishing detail Lee. you have a sharp eye for these critters. I went last night to change a porch light for a neighbor and when I removed the old one so many lizard eggs fell out.there must have been20. if any had been unhatched I would have tried to get them to hatch so I could take pictures



11:25PM | Mon, 10 September 2007

Great macro. It is great you include the pictures of the egg, and to compare size with your finger.



11:37PM | Mon, 10 September 2007

Great capture...



2:49AM | Wed, 12 September 2007

He reminds me of a charpei dog with all that skin! Amazing capture!



4:51AM | Sat, 15 September 2007

Great macro, wonderful details!

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