Our friends Mike and Debbie (with the green thumb) came over the other evening to show us this catepillar. I took at least a dozen photos… actually was trying to figure out the best trick for Macro and Super Macro modes. Almost reverted to using the old camera; finally resorted to reading the camera book. Whadda ya know…. finally figured out how the focus on the macro worked.
Anyway, I used the theme “dozen” because I stole a page out of Tammy’s book and counted the body segments. I could also call this one “green.”
This is caterpillar is the larva for the Black Swallowtail butterfly. It likes to eat anything green and leafy in the carrot family, which is why Debbie found it on her carrots. The caterpillar will go through one more stage — the orange dots will turn yellow — before it pupates.
ISO 80; f/4; 1/125 5mm in Macro
The above picture shows the osmeterium. The osmeterium is bright orange and pops up to let out an unpleasant smell when the caterpillar is touched or disturbed.
By the way, the little black discs that you see in some of these pictures… that’s caterpillar crap. He left a lot of these!
Here he is making a fashion statement with carrrot leaf… oh and he pooped again. Told you, he did this a lot. Not quite a dozen times…