Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 48: The caterpillar raided my craft bin!

It's obvious that this little guy likes to deck himself out.  He even found some fuzzy bits of yarn for his feelers!  Aren't his little feet gripping the stick adorable?  And look at his face in the second picture--he looks almost like a little puppy!

He is indeed a beautiful fella.  And he liked to pose for pictures, too, which was a bonus for me! I have never seen one like him before, so if you know what kind he is and what kind of butterfly/moth he'll turn into, it would be fun to know.  :o)

Have a lovely Monday, all!


Ocean Girl said...

Hi. I'm visiting from Island Roar. Your pictures are simply beautiful.

May I come along?

Allegria said...

Oh my heavens, yes, Ocean Girl! Please DO come along! I appreciate it so much when people stop by and comment. I'll be heading over to your place shortly to do the same. :o)

Jen said...

I looked in my Audubon book and it looks like it might be a Milkweed Tiger Moth caterpillar.

Allegria said...

I looked up the Milkweed Tiger Moth caterpillar just now, and the photo that I came up with didn't have the wooly feelers (but of course, it could just be that this one liked to accessorize! :oD ). It did look like the banded tussock moth, except that their range is slightly south of here. Maybe he's a roving gypsy moth (Hahaha!)

Kathryn said...

Oh, my! He's a handsome little fella, isn't he?
I would definitely not be freaked out by him and that's saying a lot!

Great photos, missy!

Allegria said...

Thanks, Kathryn. I'm just glad J spotted him before he was squished. We spent quite a long time with him. Little critters are amazing--especially cute, colorful, fuzzy ones!

When Pigs Fly said...

Wow, I love your photographs!! Thanks so much for stopping by my site. I'm going to bookmark yours so I can keep coming to see what you've decided to snap. I got a great Canon Rebel digital SLR camera for Christmas and now love taking pictures. You have inspired me to start doing it more regularly.
Do you give any tips on your site? I'd love to know how to take better close ups.

Allegria said...

Hello, When Pigs Fly--and welcome! I really appreciate you stopping by. I don't have any tips on here, because I'm so not a professional and don't really feel that I have the right to put up advice! I just look at something that I like and go for it!

But you asked about close ups. I just got my new camera a few months ago, and haven't saved up the dollars for any real lenses yet, so I'm only using the image stabilizer kit lens that came with the camera (also a Canon, so you might have a similar lens that came with yours). I just get as close as I can while still being able to focus, since it isn't a true macro lens, and shoot it. I've been struggling because of my lens limitations, since it's hard to get that nice shallow depth of field, but I'm finding that if I get close enough to the subject it compresses enough to get what I want, as long as I increase the shutter speed as much as I can.

Also I'm finding that getting down so I'm not taking pictures so much from the top, which is what I used to do, helps make the pictures more interesting. I still forget to do that sometimes, as evidenced by the second picture here.

I hope this helps a bit. Frankly, I really don't know much--I just like to get out and play!