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This summer I was looking forward to shooting some different subjects and caterpillars was one of them. Unfortunately the caterpillar above is as far as I got. It was the only one I saw where the front was distinguishable from the back-end.

It has not been a great year for insects and bugs in my area. Interesting and photogenic ones are hard to find at the best of times.

The challenge of looking for them is one of the fun parts of doing this kind of photography, there are technical issues and I have written about them, but its learning about the insects and bugs themselves that makes this a very interesting type of photography.

5 responses

  1. I like this shot a lot–it’s not often that I see a caterpillar from this angle. I too enjoy learning about insects after I have photographed them, though it is an ongoing challenge to identify them. There are still a few insects here in Virginia, but I suspect they will be gone soon.


    September 29, 2013 at 6:12 am

  2. Caterpillars are tough with all the hairs and protrusions, though such troublesome features can become interesting subjects by themselves (I’m thinking of the tubercles, i.e. warts – no kidding! – of a Gypsy moth caterpillar specifically). Your shot has great focus on the head, not always easy – especially when they are dancing around at the front end, which your hairy fellow seems to be doing.

    I was out a couple days ago, and surprisingly on a day a few degrees under 70˚ F, there were quite a few bugs out. I took about 400 shots over several subjects; man did that make me happy. 🙂


    September 29, 2013 at 10:26 am

  3. If you are only going to get one then it’s nice to get a great one.


    September 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  4. Very cool photo! It looks like that Caterpillar is a bit of a ham. He’s posing just for you 🙂


    September 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

  5. Cool shot!! While short lived…the insect assignment hangs pretty well with this one.


    October 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

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