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Monarch Stage 2

Monarch Stage 2
Photo Information
Copyright: Nyssa Brown (nyssajb) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 2 N: 15] (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nyssa's Insect's & Spiders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-01 9:18
Viewed: 4033
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was quite difficult to get this photograph. When I found the caterpillar, I was behind it. I got a couple of shots from behind but I wanted a different angle, so I kind of had to wrap my arms around the plant it was on and use the LCD screen flipped to face me so I could see what I was doing.

Resized and sharpened in Photoshop CS.

A bit about the caterpillar:

This caterpillar is the second stage of a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). When an egg of a Monarch butterfly has hatched, it reveals the worm-like larva (caterpillars). The caterpillars consume their egg cases and then feed on milkweed and sequester substances called cardenolides.

During this stage, they store energy in the form of fat and nutrients to carry them through the non-feeding pupa/chrysalis stage.

Note references from Wikipedia.org

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  • Ellie Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 5] (26)
  • [2006-09-04 16:39]

Whatever effort you made, it was well worth it. What a shot! Somehow the close-up combined with the movement towards the viewer makes the creature awe-inspiring and a bit scary, too.

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