Monday, 18 January 2010

Spiny Ca(c)t(us)erpillar!

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While on my search for macro subjects this morning, I spotted what appeared to be a tuft of cactus growing on a leaf!

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On closer investigation, the cactus appeared to have eyes and move as well!

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I soon discovered that it wasn’t a cactus at all.

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It was a caterpillar. I`m not sure whether its a butterfly or a moth larvae, but it certainly is an interesting subject.

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Since it remained stationary, I was able to take my flash off the bracket and adjust the lighting from various angles.

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What appears to be eyes on this caterpillar are actually just spots of black, meant to confuse predators. Its amazing the diversity that nature has to offer.

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as if the spines on it are not scary enough!

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