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The Hungry Caterpillar

The Hungry Caterpillar
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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: 2009-01-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 0:14
Viewed: 4409
Points: 28
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Monarch Butterfly
Danaus plexippus

We have 6 Swan plants and right now the female Monarch Butterflies are laying their eggs on the plants. I have to keep watch that there aren’t too many caterpillars on the plants, as the leaves are all being eaten.

The Monarch is a common poisonous butterfly that eats poisonous milkweed in its larval stage and lays its eggs on the milkweed plant. Monarchs have a wingspan of 3 3/8 - 4 7/8 inches (8.6 - 12.4 cm).

Butterflies are beautiful, flying insects with large scaly wings.

Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end). The four wings and the six legs of the butterfly are attached to the thorax. The thorax contains the muscles that make the legs and wings move.

Egg: Spherical, ridged and white.

Caterpillar: The larva 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.

Pupa: The monarch remains in its pupa for about 10 to 14 days. The green cylindrical pupa becomes transparent a day before the adult emerges.

Notes from: EnchantedLearning_com.htm

Heaven, red45, Miss_Piggy, Argus, ferranjlloret, siggi, marhowie, trekks, jeanpaul, eng55 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To trekks: Thank youJanice 1 01-08 18:17
To marhowie: Chrysalis alreadyJanice 1 01-06 19:49
To ellis49: FREEZING!!Janice 1 01-06 02:13
To Argus: Asclepias physocarpaJanice 1 01-06 02:12
To Miss_Piggy: Thank youJanice 1 01-06 01:33
To red45: MINUS 18C !!!Janice 1 01-06 01:30
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Hi Janice!

You present us a wonderful and colourful picture. The caterpillar is well put on stage and the fact that it points its face to the spectator adds to the value of the picture. Moreover, the picture is well accompanied by detailed and instructive notes.

Let me also wish you all the best for the new year!

Kind regards


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-06 0:34]
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Hello Janice!

Something new, something different today! Very arty shot of caterpillar, full of colours and with great composition.
I can't write no more, my hands are like blocks of ice after long journey to work. This morning we've got -18C !!!!!! -----18C

Hallo Janice
Not only is this caterpillar hungry as per your title, it is beautiful as well. The colours and patterns are striking, and the body looks so soft and chubby. Now I cannot really say that I like worms or caterpillars or maggots or larvae's or any of these wormy creatures but this one really is a beauty and it tickle my fancy with its bright colours and lovely markings. Did you breed these as food for the Gannets, from your previous postings? Ha-ha only pulling your leg.
This is a lovely image, captured in fine style and presented in a pleasant manner.
Best regards

Hi Janice,
I like this picture with a summer feeling.
Well composed with fine details and very good DOF the caterpillar is well in focus and standoffish well from the BG.
Greg has summer in Polen ;-), yesterday when we was uot looking for a Lapland Owl (Great Grey Owl) it was around -20C.
Enjoy your summer as long as you can.
Well done, old friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-06 2:00]
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This is a great macro Janice!
I like the way you catured this Monarch caterpillar entwined round its food plant stem taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and DOF to give a superb neutral BG.
You mention that the food plant is called a Swan plant. As I know that the main food plants of this species are various species of Asclepia, I assume that the Swan plant is also an Asclepia.
Thanks for delighting us with this one,

Hello Janice!
Excellent shot of Danaus plexippus caterpillar,great colours and POV and details.
Good note, TFS Ferran

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-06 2:16]

Hello Janice,
A great view of this caterpillar in a nice pose peeping down at you! Great sharpness and fine natural colours. Good note too! I see you've replied to Ivan regarding the 'Swan' plant!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

very beautiful colours and contrast , good sharp and great presentation,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-06 11:17]

Hello Janice,
This is an excellent portrait shot of Hungry Caterpillar.Perfect POV and dazzling colors. Very well done!Best regards Siggi

Excellent job Janice..Love the framing & POV with the cat looking at me :)
Great image showing this insatiable creature in all its glory.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year,

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-07 3:29]
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hello Janice

I am impressed with the sharp focus on this caterpillar showing its yellow/black stripes so well and contrasting so nicely with the green stem. Superb clarity and really good choice of bokeh effect for this macro close up shot.

Perhaps I must also say the position of the worm and facing the camera is telling me that you have waited for this fine moment, a skill of photography that we should all learn about.

tfs, bill

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-07 6:24]

Hello Janice,
a very beautiful shot indeed. Vivid colors, very nice composition. I like the blurred bg too. TFS

Hej, tu jestem - tak pewnie zawołała do ciebie ta gąsienica a Ty zrobiłaś to zdjęcie;-)))
Super ujecie i dobra ostrość, ładne kolorki i tło.
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam ciepło.

Salut Janice
Les details de cette chenille sont magnifiques. Mes compliments pour l'excellente qualité de ton travail.
Bonne journÉe...JP

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-10 2:17]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful close up.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,BG,lighting and composition are also wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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