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The Monarchs are Back

The Monarchs are Back
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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: 2009-04-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 DG Macro EX
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-01 2:50
Viewed: 5099
Points: 34
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The Monarch Caterpillars are Back

Early in spring we get many monarch caterpillars. But as summer arrives the wasps kill of many of the tiny caterpillars - they hunger for the protein they get from the caterpillars to carry them over summer.

Now autumn is here, the wasps don't need any more protein, so the caterpillars are allowed to grow and become butterflies.

Caterpillar: The Monarch caterpillar is banded with white/cream, black, and yellow stripes. It has three pairs of thoracic legs and five pairs of pro-legs (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.

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 pro-legs. 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, this is hand held

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Hi dear Janice,
Good evening, neighbour... I guess it must be evening over there in NZ, here in Europe it's noon at this moment. Excellent macro capture, perfect sharpness of the caterpillar, even on the closer antenna. Great natural colors and very good composition, only the caterpillar, the greenery and the smoothy, light blue bg which doesn't lead the viewers' eyes off of the "pre-insect". Beautiful shot, congrats, Madame.
Best regards from Hungary, László

Hello Janice,

Very colourful caterpillar of the legendary Monarch butterfly, whose migration is often heard. Very good macro shot and nice details.

Thanks for Sharing!

hello Janice
hello neighbour look out for the spider
you have a beautiful coloured picture
good details and good sharpness
great composition
greeting lou

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-04-01 3:59]
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Hello Janice!

Just beautifull. One of most impressive pictures of Monarch caterpillar I've ever seen. Perfect POV, colours, sharpness and details. This must be great fun to breed these beautifull insects!

Spring! Sunny days but still very cold mornings.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-01 7:04]

Hello Janice
Excellent shot.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-01 7:47]

Hello Janice,
Strange to read that 'autumn is here'. Spring is just starting here.
Superb coloured photo of this caterpillar. Great saturation and clarity. Fantastic sharpness and composition.

Always a good sign. I have only seen these on TN...but I rarely if ever have seen one which is not true to its colours and always shot from similar angles...not to diminish anything..but I sure would love to get one like this...Happy Fall:-)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-01 16:32]

Hola Jaince.
I have seen this Caterpillar many times here before, but Your photo is one of the most beautiful I ever seen. Great note too Janice.

Hello Janice,
I hope you are doing well.
A nice and good picture of the monarch caterpillar with good sharpness and fine natural colours.
Well done, mf.

The spring is around the corner, over +10C today.

Hallo Janice
Once again a most delightful and colourful image. The image is sharp and reflect great detail and focus. I think this image deserves each smiley still to be awarded. The markings, patterns and texture on the body are impressive. Your framework is splendidly done and your display is excellently handled. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-04-02 9:51]

Janice, Very nice shot and lovely sharpness and colors. The lighting is amazing here and you can see the stripes very clearly. Ganesh

Hi Janice,
A nice capture of this beautiful caterpillar of Monarch butterfly. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-02 15:51]

Hi Janice,this is a beautiful springtime alert! Wonderful point of view and top quality of sharpness and colors,simply a perfect pic!! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Janice !

A splendid capture some excellent colors.
Congratulations and expect and more.
Have a nice day,

Absolutely beautiful. Really nice with great yellow/black colours and sharpness.
Best wishes,

Ciao Janice, fanttastic caterpillar with wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details,beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Janice. Amazing lightning colours for this caterpillar. Veri good sharp and DOF.


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