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Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 50 - 60 points (chapter two), Caterpillars, Butterflies of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-26 4:33
Viewed: 5311
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tha Monarch Butterfly,Danaus plexippus,has been in New Zealand for around 120 years.It apparently crossed the Pacific Ocean from North America,and has become well established throughout the country.
During the summer,the monarch spends around two weeks as a caterpillar,feeding especially on the Swan Plant,Gomphocarpus.(You can see the seed pod at the top of the picture)This is a fairly large caterpillar,about 8cm lomg and the thickness of a small finger.
The chrysalis very shiny and bright green. The chrysalis stage lasts for about two weeks,then the adult butterfly emerges and lives for around two months.
I will write more about the butterfly itself when I photograph it in a couple of weeks,hopefully.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-26 4:45]

Beautiful macro shot Steve! Colors are very good.
I'm also expecting to make some beautiful butterfly shots but I haven't seem any around yet.In Istanbul for about three weeks;on working days weather is sunny and at the weekends claudy.Very annoying!

Nice shot of this plump caterpillar. We have a huge amount of Monarch Butterflies winging their way around here at present. Has this guy got himself attached ready to become a chrysalis or is he simply eating? Hope you can photography a series as it evolves into the butterfly. Good post Steve. TFS

Hi steve - good macro of a nice caterpilar ;-) Beautifull colors, good DOF and we can see many details. Well done !

Did someone say : ,,From head to toes,, ... ahem, ahem, may I go that low and question where the rear end is on this colorful creature ? :)
P.S. Great shot - just wish for the saturation to be a slight notch better...

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-26 5:57]

Steve, what a good clear macro shot of the caterpillar. Good POV with him eating away on the leaf. Well done.
I hope you will follow his progress - if you can find where he hangs his chrysalis. Our tree is bare now.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-03-26 7:17]

Good survey macro.
Interesting perspective.

Hello Steve and Happy Easter! Nice shot of your Monarch caterpillar. I like your POV. Great color and detail.. Well done!!

Excelent shot, Steve. Well done on this composition.
Happy Easter

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-03-26 9:20]

Good shot, a little bit dark but good macro.

Very nice Steve, just a bit underexposed but doesn't disturb much.
Great POV.
Well done.

What a chubby caterpillar,
A nice shot Steve, I'm glad you've already explained which end is the head.
Nice composition, colours and details.
Thanks for posting

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-26 14:06]

Steve, you did excellent job! Great subject perfectly captured. I've never saw this one before. I hope you'll capture chrysalis and butterfly also! Big thanks!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-26 14:20]

Wow ! You'd think he was a metre long. Which is his head and which is his tail ? Pity you weren't lucky enough to get a ray of sunshine on him to brighten him up a bit. Great shot anyway.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-03-26 15:35]

A very interesting and beautiful caterpillar. I wonder which part is the head? A little bit underexposed but every detail can be seen clearly.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-26 15:42]

Hello Steve, looks a very big chap. Nice POV and good colours and details. Very well done.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-26 17:08]

Lovely image Steve, great colours and clarity.
Excellent note, thanks for sharing.

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  • Junim Gold Star Critiquer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 1] (6)
  • [2005-03-26 20:48]

Great shot!
Nice colors and composition.
Perfect sharpness.
Well done!

Steve, A great macro on this caterpillar. The color and detail are very good. The composition is just superb. A great photo. Nice Job!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-27 3:59]

Quelle superbe chenille colorée, c'est une championne d'escalade ;-)
Well done !

Great shot of a beautiful caterpillar. The food plants they are on are so amazing with the spiky pods. This guy looks like he is enjoying a good munch on the leaves. Lovely angle you have shot him from.

Hi Steve. My comment is the WS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-27 19:13]

Steve, this is a great macro. Excellent composition and pov.

A beautiful and well captured caterpillar.

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-03-28 6:43]

It's not only the butterfly itself that's beautiful. It looks like something I could find underwater here in the Red Sea.

Good details and colours, maybe you should have cropped and rotated the picture a little so that the caterpillar would be less vertical.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-28 11:24]

Very good macro Steve! Really good details and colors. Well done & TFS!

Hey Steve, what a nice "Fat Cat" you got here. The exposure is a bit low key and I might have considered composing it on the diagonal. Great shot none the less. Well done.

Wow, great job on the macro work and POV!
You've managed to make this guy look like a giant.
I love it!

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