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Monarch larva

Posted by
Peter (Warkworth, New Zealand) on 24 March 2020 in Animal & Insect.

I grew and planted out some swan plants (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) in spring - October in NZ - to attract the magnificent Monarch butterflies to the garden. Very soon there were many flying down to lay their eggs and of course soon enough a batch of hungry caterpillars munching on the plants. The downside for the plant is that they eat them to stalks before finding a likely spot to pupate. I have been surprised at how far they travel to do that with some found metres away hanging under other plants. Some of the later ones haven't bothered to crawl off to another nearby plant and just hang from the branches and leaves of the swan plant to pupate.

Canon EOS 6D 1/2000 second F/5.6 ISO 400 300 mm

My goal is to present images of objects and places as naturally as possible with minimal post processing. I think the natural qualities will come through for the viewer with a little contemplation. Unfortunately there is little time for such things these days.

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful focus, colors & lights!

24 Mar 2020 6:28am

@omid: Thanks omid

Captain Creation from Saint Nazaire. Pays de la Loire., France

Attention grande destructrice en marche, parfaitement photographiée.

24 Mar 2020 7:38am

@Captain Creation: Ils ont certainement faim et grandissent très rapidement. Merci captain

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Superbe macro

24 Mar 2020 8:03am

@jpla: Merci jpla

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ces verts

24 Mar 2020 9:25am

@Existence Artistique: merci

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A superb capture Peter. Very well photographed. 5*

24 Mar 2020 10:41am

@Shaun: Thanks a lot Shaun

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Ah, we need more and more of these.

24 Mar 2020 11:29am

@beach: Yes indeed :) and I'm doing my bit. Lots of pupae around the garden ready to hatch!

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful caterpilar.

24 Mar 2020 11:42am

@Ralf Kesper: Cheers Ralf

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Stunning close up!

24 Mar 2020 3:29pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks Ruthiebear

Becky from los angeles, United States

Wow. Nature at it's best.

24 Mar 2020 5:48pm

@Becky: Thanks Becky

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Splendid capture.

24 Mar 2020 11:11pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely beautiful. A gorgeous image. Fabulous color and detail. 5*

24 Mar 2020 11:40pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Merveilleux. Une belle prise.

25 Mar 2020 10:45am