Espargyreus clarus (8)
|This my last suitable slide from our Texas backyard: |
A Silver spotted Skipper, Espargyreus clarus (Hesperiidae). The determination was made by Dmitry (Osmeterium), thank you, Dmitry!
The animal was found in our garden in Bryan/Texas eating on the Wisteria. The orange patch suggests a compound eye, but the true single ocellum eye is found underneath. This establishes the bugger as a lepidopteran caterpillar (Sawfly larvae have in addition to that distinction only one free segment between the thorax and abdomen, not two).
The shot was taken from hand, with a lens extension, under sunlight. The slide was scanned, the background had to be blurred to remove the grainy structure, the caterpillar was sharpened, the whole saturated. See the workshop version with minor improvements.