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I was in the garden the other day picking butter beans, (lima beans to you yankees ), and I felt a slight sting on my wrist. It was like a bee or wasp sting, but much less intense. So I started looking in the area where my hand had been and saw the below caterpillar I went back to the house and set up my macro gear and returned to the garden to take a few shots. My back limited the amount of time I could bend over to shoot, so I didn't get every millimeter in focus, but I think I managed enough to make a decent photo although I wouldn't brag about it.

I recently downloaded the evaluation copy of Zerene Stacker and decided to see if I could get some decent results. The first photo stack turned out almost OK, but I do need a lot more practice. I tried stacking a set of the second shot, but it did weird things with the colors. So here is the best single image I managed to get. I will have to start taking a stool to shoot subjects low to the ground in the future so that I will have time to capture more images.

Edit to add that this critter was about 1" to 1.5" long. More info - It's called a saddleback caterpillar and is a dull brown moth when mature. The spines are hollow and release poison when touched. The pain can vary from mild to worse than a bee sting, so I was very lucky. A number of caterpillars do this, and the poison varies in strength up to causing death - but not this guy.




  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    150mm lens    150mm    f/8.0    1/250s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    150mm lens    150mm    f/8.0    1/250s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Oct 04, 2017 at 01:35 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Ouch!


Very well done, look great to me. Certainly nothing I'd want to set my hand down on.


Oct 04, 2017 at 02:22 AM
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Niely doen, I wouldn't want to touch that!
Bob



Oct 04, 2017 at 03:01 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Ouch!


Wonderful macro with excellent details!

Carl



Oct 04, 2017 at 03:41 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Ouch!


Good shots, Ron, and if I ever see something like that in my garden, I'm staying far away!


Oct 04, 2017 at 04:06 AM
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Lovely shots and interesting find- that's one weird looking caterpillar
Brian V.



Oct 04, 2017 at 05:29 AM
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those quills look nasty Ron


Oct 04, 2017 at 08:27 AM
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Not too shabby Ron. Cool shots.


Oct 04, 2017 at 10:25 AM
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Be interesting to capture and allow it to morph into whatever it may be. Nice captures and way to take one for the viewing audience Ron!
Douglas



Oct 04, 2017 at 12:20 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Ouch!


I think you may have been lucky. I found this on the http://www.poisoncentertampa.org website.








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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Ouch!


Great shots , Ron !!!


Oct 04, 2017 at 01:18 PM
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Fiercely looking caterpillar, Ron and you captured it well!

Joshua



Oct 04, 2017 at 01:58 PM
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First image looks like a critter (with eyes closed) with very prickly ears.


Oct 04, 2017 at 02:52 PM
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What an interesting looking caterpillar. The markings are amazing. Glad you only suffered minimal symptoms .

Birdie



Oct 04, 2017 at 03:16 PM
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Neat shot of a bug I haven't seen before.


Oct 04, 2017 at 05:35 PM
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nasty piece of work, there Ron. great capture.


Oct 04, 2017 at 08:56 PM
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Ron, depth of field noted, but this is very very nice! Thank goodness everything is fine.


Oct 04, 2017 at 09:27 PM
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Yikes, what an ugly and scary thing that is (the macro shot is great though). I hope you didn't experience any further complications from the initial sting. I guess I'll have to be careful too when I pick my stringbeans.


Oct 05, 2017 at 12:15 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Ouch!


That fellow that you so aptly caught is an advertisement for leave me alone


Oct 05, 2017 at 12:25 AM
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Yuck, that's one ugly, creepy critter! Glad you are OK. Great Macro work!

Greg



Oct 05, 2017 at 12:34 AM
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