07.30.2022 A special find for Blog Post #2300

Fourteen years ago I found one of the most beautiful caterpillars I’ve ever seen in our yard dining on some goldenrod leaves.  That happened again yesterday morning after a brief shower.

Brown-hooded Owlet-Cucullia convexipennis.  I hope this one survives.  The previous had several tachinid fly larvae on it which spelled doom.

Canon 7D Mark II, 100 macro, MT-26EX twin flash.  If you look closely, you will see the spiracles, small openings ringed in white in the black line sticking up into the white patches.  Those are the caterpillar’s respiratory organs.

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 07.30.2022 A special find for Blog Post #2300

  1. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    It is so beautiful.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Very cool find and congrats on #2300, wow!

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  3. Now you’ve piqued my interest in that MT-26EX twin flash. Do you generally use it at full power? How do you decide the angles at which to set the two flashes?

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    • I shoot ETTL so the camera/flash combination decides what is needed. If I need to I’ll add or subtract compensation but so far the ETTL has proved pretty good. Most of what I shoot is small and close so the flash heads are at about 45° That’s worked well and they had diffusers attached.


  4. It is certainly a very pretty caterpillar.

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  5. Gallivanta says:

    How exciting. You must have wondered at first if you were seeing things. I had a wood pigeon visit my house about 12 years ago. I am still waiting for another visit.

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  6. Ann Mackay says:

    Beautiful stripes – nature’s art! 🙂

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    That is a beauty of a caterpillar. You captured it so well, Steve.

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  8. (S)he is gorgeous, especially after taking a shower.
    Or wait-maybe it was you taking the shower. 🙂

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  9. The patterns of nature are just amazing … great captures!

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  10. Dave Ply says:

    2300 posts – wow. I’ve only got 2189 more to catch up – but I seem to be losing ground. 😉
    The caterpillar is quite striking. Every time I see a caterpillar, I wonder what it’s going to turn into.

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    • It’s taken 11 or so years to make that many posts. I am not sure I have another 2300 in me.

      It is a handsome little beast. The change that happens between larva and adult is just amazing. Metamorphosis is one of Nature’s jaw dropping wonders.

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  11. Very nice image Steve! That is one nifty looking caterpillar! And Great Images of it!

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  12. Todd Henson says:

    It really is amazing all the various colors and patterns on caterpillars, and this one is a beautiful example of that.

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