Papilio machaon 4th stage larva
|Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR)
|Date Taken: 2015-09-26|
|Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD|
|Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-10-01 5:28|
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|Papilio machaon Linnaeus 1758|
Common name: Swallowtail
Papilio machaon is widespread and common in Crete as in many countries of the world. It lays eggs on tall plants. The young caterpillar is black, marked with a band of white. It looks remarkably like a small bird-dropping as it rests openly on the leaves. This camouflage is not effective against spiders, which may predate up to 65% of 1st instar larvae. When fully grown in July, the caterpillar is a most magnificent creature - bright green, marked with narrow black bands and orange spots (see image). Behind it's head is an eversible fleshy pink forked structure called an osmaterium, which is raised if the larva is irritated. This structure emits pungent chemicals, capable of deterring ants, wasps, and flies, but does not deter birds - reed buntings, sedge warblers and bearded tits between them devouring at least 50% of mature larvae.
Here in this picture, it feeds on fennel leaves, very good host for it.
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- [2015-10-01 7:23]
Wonderful photo of this beautiful caterpillar!The BG really emphasizes the colours of the caterpillar.Perfect on details and POV.
- [2015-10-01 8:54]
I love these colorful caterpillars, always a treat to view.. You have done a great job of photographing this particular species. I like the vertical framing and eye catching markings on it's body. Nice BG color.
beautiful coloured Caterpillar
thanks gr lou
Ciao Nikos, great macro of fantastic catarpillar, wonderful brigh colors, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
A lovely caterpillar of a beautiful species of butterfly, Nikos.
Sharp and crisp capture against a well suited brown BG.
I like the diagonal composition.
Nice to see this larvae of Swallowtail.... Well captured if we talk on its light, color and BG. Good sharpness too, but EYE level shot would give you its eye, which is very essential, IMHO.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice WE,