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This is the brown form. There is also a green form. Apparently, the larvae can easily be found when feeding at night.

For several years, I would find one of these either walking across the ground or on a food plant in our garden. Then there was a gap of several years with none seen. Yesterday I found another one crossing our concrete path, from the direction of a lawn, towns a flower bed.

I was carrying a large bowl of pears from our tree so, with the bowl in one hand and the caterpillar in the other, I went to fetch my camera. I found it easier to let the larva perch on the front of my shirt. When I picked it up, and immediately after subsequent handling, it writhed violently on the palm of my hand and then became very still, with its head scarcely protruding. Long periods of the session were spent waiting for it to stretch out and walk. Even the slightest vibration from the wooden table where took most photographs would freeze it.

I considered using flash but I am trying to take more daylight shots.

Olympus EM-1, Oshiro 2:1 60mm macro, f8 or f11 at up to 1/640 second ISO 1600, hand-held with support.

I will post crosseye stereos tomorrow.

Harold









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Aug 17, 2017 at 06:08 AM
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Very nice Harold. Looks like he's got a satellite antenna on his back end!
Douglas



Aug 17, 2017 at 11:21 AM
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Well done and very interesting Harold ~ Ron


Aug 17, 2017 at 11:43 PM
 

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Nice captures Harold

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Aug 18, 2017 at 02:35 AM
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Good find and shots Harold
Brian V.



Aug 18, 2017 at 05:25 AM
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douter wrote:
Very nice Harold. Looks like he's got a satellite antenna on his back end!
Douglas


Thanks, Douglas.

surfnron wrote:
Well done and very interesting Harold ~ Ron


Thanks, Ron.

birdied wrote:
Nice captures Harold

Birdie


Thanks, Birdie.

LordV wrote:
Good find and shots Harold
Brian V.


Thanks, Brian

Since I uploaded the single frames here I have seen someone else's images and they also have the rather ill-defined patch between the eyes, which make it look OOF.

I have now posted a set of stereos.

Harold



Aug 18, 2017 at 05:42 AM







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