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Tiny Caterpillar and Chrysalis

Tiny Caterpillar and Chrysalis
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-24 0:36
Viewed: 7458
Points: 50
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Baby Caterpillar and Chrysalis

You might be getting sick of my Monarch Butterfly photos by now – but I did take a few and I found them really quite interesting.

The caterpillar here is really very small, about a few days old. It measured only about 17-20mm and I like how it was crawling along the branch over the chrysalis, and stopped to look down on it.

Caterpillar: The Monarch caterpillar is banded with white/cream, black, and yellow stripes. It has three pairs of thoracic legs and five pairs of prolegs (which will disappear during the pupal stage). It has 2 pairs of sensory tentacles, one pair on the head and another pair near the end of the abdomen.

When it hatches from its tiny egg it eats it. Then it eats milkweed leaves almost constantly. The caterpillar moults (loses its old skin) four times as it grows; after each moult it eats its old skin. When the larva is about 2 inches (5 cm) long, it will stop eating and find a place (like a protected branch) on which to pupate.

Chrysalis: The caterpillar spins silk from its spinneret and attaches its hind end to a branch with the silk and small hooks in the anal prolegs. it hangs head down and moults for the last time. When the newly-exposed skin dries and hardens, it takes the form of a jade green chrysalis. It remains in its chrysalis for about 10 to 14 days. The green cylindrical pupa becomes transparent and turns quite black a day before a damp wrinkled butterfly emerges.

Yes, I did use a tripod

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-24 0:46]

Hello Janice,
Very interesting document. Very good idea, nice composition and beautiful colors.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Janice, interesting documentation with caterpillar and Chrysalis in same photo, perfect focus, fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful light and colors, beautiful blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-24 1:40]

Hi Janice,
Good to see both the caterpillar and the chrysalis here, well captured with good composition, nice colors and details. tfs.

Hi Janice,
can't get sick of high quality pictures like this one.
Very clear, perfectly well describing, aesthetically pleasing by its excellent composition, condensed to the essence - a perfect illustration for any publication on metamorphosis, and a pleasure just to see on its own.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hello Janice,
this is a wonderful macro capture with very fine details. Beautiful crysalis. Excellent composition with a superb background.
Very well done

Hello Janice,

Excellent capture.
Nice colours with fantastic definition.
Light and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

Hola Janice,
Una ezcelente foto, mostrando dos sujetos en diferentes fases de su vida, con gran nitidez y contra un buen fondo claro. mUy buen trabajo

It only need a butterfly on the left... :))
Very good capture... TFS.

what a beautiful capture Janice !
pefect contrast , wonderful saturated colours and amazing composition ,
very good light and sharp , fine details ,
well done !

Great documentary capture... caterpillar meets chrysalis!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-24 4:34]

Hello Janice,
So you're taking us back in history and why not! This is a splendid view of the caterpillar and chrysalis of the Monarch. I think the chrysalis is so beautiful! Excellent sharpness, beautiful colours and very well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Janice,
Very interesting sharp image of Monarch catterpillar (life cycle series). The macro shot is very sharp with excellent details & POV. TFS.

Hello Janice,
You used a tripod. And that sounds gooood:-)
You can actually see th consqunces in your work; very good sharpness. And your depth-of-field is very well done.
Thanks for sharing

hello Janice!
a picture that would be good in a book of science education students...compliments!!
ciao sERGIO

Hi Janice, Excellent macro. Wonderful colors. Well done. Cheers - Adil.

hello Janice
very beautiful picture
good colours and composition is very nice
greeting lou

Janice it appears that many still enjoy the natural beauty in the process! I agree....there can never be too many of what TN is all about. Very nice work both here and I thank you also for your workshop. You are getting pretty good at WS's!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-24 11:26]

Hello Janice!

First of all great quality of image. I like your Monarch serie very much. This time composition is superb. Quite allegoric picture - two stages of butterfly in one picture. Great work!

Snow gone!!! I hope it won't return!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-24 11:35]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful scane and capture.Colors,DOF,sharpness and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Janice, a great macro capture of a caterpillar and pupa of a butterfly with grat clarity.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-24 18:36]

Hello Janice,
Quality work here Janice, what an outstanding composition. It is razor sharp and very colorful, thank you for this treat.

Hi Janice,

very good diagonally macro shot of this Caterpillar and Chrysalis.
Exellent details, bg and dof.
Beautiful colours.


Hello Janice,

I like also the interesting documentation with the caterpillar and the Chrysalis in the same photo. It's a perfect combination. Very nice natural colors. Good compo. Great POV, DOF and BG.

I believe this caterpillar is poisonous. Am I right?

Fine shot and interesting notes. Regards and TFS BOB


As a butterfly monitor here in Illinois I never get tired of your Monarch pictures. This is a great moment to capture. Great detail and very nice BG.


Hi Janice,
Wonderful shot mf.
I too like the way this tiny cat seems to be inspecting the expectant.
Works well with the neutral gray BG, great colors, details..
And all that other stuff ;}
Yes - She used a tripod! :)
Well done,

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