07/13/2020-2 Macro Monarch Monday

We have at least two monarch larvae so far.  At least I have seen a monarch caterpillar twice at a distance from each sighting along the driveway.  Maybe the first one went for a long hike and was the second also.  I should have tagged it.

Anyway, it is encouraging.  Last year we had several but the only chrysalis I saw ended up succumbing to Black Death…on my front door of all places.

Of course I’ll post more as I find them and as they get bigger.  This little guy was maybe an inch long if that.

It was a little challenging getting a sharp shot as the little chomper never stopped eating for very long and kept moving its head with all the nibbling, at one point causing a milkweed latex gusher. But they have a limited time to grow to a point where they can enter the cocoon for metamorphosis.

The increased size of the Mark IV files allowed me to crop for a closeup of the head details. Even had I not captured a sharp shot, it was a neat experience watching it eat.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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29 Responses to 07/13/2020-2 Macro Monarch Monday

  1. Happy monarch caterpillar to you.
    I knew you’d appreciate the extra megapixels the 5D Mark IV provides.

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  2. Sandra says:

    What an excellent shot! Such beautiful colors too! 👏

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  3. May they eat hearty.

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  4. krikitarts says:

    I saw a monarch adult here just yesterday. They are doing very well here, and we see them aplenty in the warmer months.

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  5. Littlesundog says:

    You should be here, there are countless monarch caterpillars eating my dill plants. It’s ok by me that they’re finishing it off, I had plenty for drying this year. We see these caterpillar in large numbers every year. They love dill!!

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    • I didn’t know they ate dill, Lori. The closest to that are the Black Swallowtails that devour our parsley annually…except for this year. Pickles? Dilled green tomatoes? 🙂

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      • Littlesundog says:

        You educated me once again, Steve! I looked closer and it is a Black Swallowtail caterpillar. It has the “spots” that a Monarch caterpillar does not have. I had been told by an avid gardener friend that it was a Monarch. Too bad I can’t correct her (she was the know-it-all type), as she passed away more than a decade ago! Thanks for solving this “pickle”. 😀

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      • Glad to have added a little something to your butterfly knowledge, Lori. I am no expert but occasionally remember something I’ve seen. 🙂 I am sorry you lost your friend. Hopefully if there is an afterlife, she is surrounded by butterflies. 🙂

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    Great to see these around. And that really is a sharp image!

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  7. Very Nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing your images! More megapixels always is handy!

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  8. Very nice find and lovely detailed photos. I really like those colours, Steve.

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  9. Ann Mackay says:

    Great portrait of a hungry little beastie – looks like it’s wearing a cosy jumper (sweater) with lovely stripes! 🙂

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  10. shoreacres says:

    What a delightful image. The colors are wonderful, but I think they’re generally cute — especially those feet. I don’t see many, but I can sit and watch them make their way up and down stems for a good while.

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Amazing close-up shots, Steve. I’m glad you have caterpillars. I’ve yet to check my patch, I hope there are many out there!

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    Seems like you could get a tag on one of those antennae, no? 😉 And while you’re at it, can you please mike the chomping sounds?
    The head closeup is really cool – I like the wrinkles in the skin. These have been favorites since childhood, probably with you as well. That rubbery, brightly patterned body is just so easy to love. Good luck to them (and you) this year!

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    • I think it would need one of those giant ears to capture the sound. Might be fun. Although I always enjoyed nature, insects were not something I paid a lot of attention to while younger. The first of these I saw was in the Adirondacks while camping in about the mid-70’s and I had no idea what it was at the time. But it was plump and wrinkly. 🙂 This and the Cecropia moth caterpillar are my two favorites for just that described reason.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        I ran into a man with a big recoding outfit on his back on one of the trails near home. I would NOT want to lug that stuff around. He’s a frog aficionado and was even recording temps in the water as part of his frog studies -all for the fun of it. You’ve learned a lot over the years about so many subjects – insects, mushrooms, plants, climates, etc. It’s fun to think of the first time you saw a monarch caterpillar and didn’t know what it was – and how far you’ve come.

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      • I know of a few guys like that who I follow on FB. It’s a lot of work but they share some great sounds…birds, frogs, and insects.

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