08.16.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

While looking for anything…it’s always good to keep your options open…I found a couple of colorful caterpillars over the weekend.

Pearly Wood-nymph- Eudryas unio munching a grape leaf in Brickyard this past Saturday. There is another almost identical species, the Beautiful Wood-nymph-E. grata with all the same spots and colors but a larger hump at the rear.

Smeared Dagger-Acronicta oblinita on a reed leaf. Although not in the bird dropping family, the adults of these also do resemble the stuff. These larvae are variable which can make identifying them a little confusing.  There are a couple of other daggers with a similar appearance as well. These feed on a variety of green plants.  Looks likely to be a bit scratchy if swallowed. Also, picking one up might be painful as they are known to sting with those sharp setae.

Both shot with the 5D Mark IV, 180 macro and 2.0 teleconverter upon a tripod.

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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20 Responses to 08.16.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

  1. Priti says:

    Excellent shot ! Looking beautiful ❤️

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  2. I looked at pictures of pearly wood-nymph adults and found them bird-dropping-ish, with little of the orange that’s so prominent in the caterpillar. The smeared dagger adults also lack the orange they once had.

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  3. Wally Jones says:

    Outstanding photographs, Steve!

    One of the benefits (for me) of putting on a macro lens is that it makes me focus on nearby subjects as opposed to more distant objects when a large lens is used.

    Slowing down and actually observing is a constant challenge for me.

    The next challenge is to develop the patience and technical skill to produce images such as you have displayed.

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    • I have managed a few times to make distant or larger view images with the 180 macro but those are very few. I used to carry a full pack with my entire kit but as I’ve aged I try to reduce the load and often, as was the case with these subjects, I am out with only the 180 and doubler.

      I do slow down but sometimes think that I am finished with a subject only to realize too late that I might have tried a different angle or aperture or something. It’s not impatience but the desire to see what else I might see. Greedy photographer.

      Thanks for the kind words, Wally.


  4. Excellent images, as usual.

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  5. Tina says:

    Great shots of both beauties! Though I’m not familiar with either of these, I enjoy watching caterpillars and so many of them are really stunning.

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    • It’s pretty easy to not see the same caterpillars as others do with all the tens of thousands of different species.Thanks, Tina! Most caterpillars are attractive and enjoyable to observe…as long as they are not on our tomatoes. 🙂


  6. Peter Klopp says:

    I like these colourful critters. Great macros, Steve!

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  7. Very nice Steve! You certainly get a wide variety of insects in your yard to photograph! I live in a condo community where they are very heavy with spraying the lawns & shrubs so we do not see many insects now. When we first moved in I had lots of photo subjects here,

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Keeping your options open looks to have worked. 🙂 Interesting both the similarities and differences between these two.

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    • It’s hard to plan on shooting specific anything when it comes to insects that are so mobile. Even caterpillars change locations form day to day as I found out with the Monarchs on my milkweeds.


  9. Andrew says:

    Beautiful cats Steve. Did you use any flash in the second shot? It looks so vibrant.

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    • Both are with natural light but the second had some filtered sunlight shining on it. Also, I use Lightroom’s new masking to separate subjects a bit more from the background so that adds a bit of luminosity as well. Thanks, Andrew.


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