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Once in a while when I post photographs of insects people point out that they are pests, I respond that I am shooting in a nature reserve where nature does its thing. I have no idea what butterfly or moth emerges after this caterpillar ages but its likely to be as colorful. Nature photography does subject you to the good and the bad. However much you feel sorry for animals that cannot get away or find shelter from predators or the weather that’s the natural world. These harsher sides of nature are areas to explore when the opportunity arises. In all the codes of conduct I have read about nature photography none have said to stay away from reality except to say things like don’t disturb the lion when it’s eating.

18 responses

  1. Very nice curving line of the caterpillar. Composition in nature – natural.


    December 10, 2015 at 1:23 am

  2. Wonderful photo and true words. Human interference hasn’t been helping earth and nature too much 😉


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    December 10, 2015 at 1:50 am

  3. Caught in the middle of dinner. I never knew they could be this good looking.


    December 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

  4. Hi Victor, very nice shot there. I’m pretty sure what you have is actually a sawfly larva, something similar to this one:


    December 10, 2015 at 7:57 am

  5. Yeah no feeding the lions! This is a wonderful capture. It appears it’s eating the leaf on its way.

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    December 10, 2015 at 2:47 pm

  6. Hello Victor, I was going to mention this was a sawfly larva but I see both Michael and Andrew have already pointed this out. If you ignore the front clasper-type jointed (true-legs) of which lepidoptera and symphyta both have 3 pairs and then count the remaining pro-legs, if you can count S A W F LY (i.e. it has at least 6 pairs or more) then it is usually a sawfly. Butterflies and moths usually have 5 pairs or fewer.


    December 11, 2015 at 9:29 am

  7. The caterpillar is very efficient….doing a great job on that leaf!

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    December 23, 2015 at 11:29 am

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