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Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars


Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars
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Copyright: Karthik JP (jpnature) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 66] (955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-03-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S DX Nikkor 55–200mm/4–5.6G ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-03-29 7:45
Viewed: 1341
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year. It’s a little confusing but keep reading and you will understand. The four stages of the monarch butterfly life cycle are the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. The four generations are actually four different butterflies going through these four stages during one year until it is time to start over again with stage one and generation one.

In February and March, the final generation of hibernating monarch butterflies comes out of hibernation to find a mate. They then migrate north and east in order to find a place to lay their eggs. This starts stage one and generation one of the new year for the monarch butterfly.

In March and April the eggs are laid on milkweed plants. They hatch into baby caterpillars, also called the larvae. It takes about four days for the eggs to hatch. Then the baby caterpillar doesn’t do much more than eat the milkweed in order to grow. After about two weeks, the caterpillar will be fully-grown and find a place to attach itself so that it can start the process of metamorphosis. It will attach itself to a stem or a leaf using silk and transform into a chrysalis. Although, from the outside, the 10 days of the chrysalis phase seems to be a time when nothing is happening, it is really a time of rapid change. Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called metamorphosis, to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge. The monarch butterfly will emerge from the pupa and fly away, feeding on flowers and just enjoying the short life it has left, which is only about two to six weeks. This first generation monarch butterfly will then die after laying eggs for generation number two.

The second generation of monarch butterflies is born in May and June, and then the third generation will be born in July and August. These monarch butterflies will go through exactly the same four stage life cycle as the first generation did, dying two to six weeks after it becomes a beautiful monarch butterfly.

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Hi, Karthik. A lovely macro shot well composed and seen. The point of view, depth of field and the inclusion of the flowers at the composition. My only suggestion is to increase the contrast a little bit.

Ciao Karthik, great macro of fantastic catarpillar on beautiful flower, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-03-30 15:46]

Very nice capture of this colorful caterpillar,the details are perfect despite the difficult light and location,interesting post! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Karthik,
A great shot of this Monarch Caterpillar in an attractive pose. We can clearly see the markings and colors that are unique to this particular species. Good focus and very pretty natural colors.
There is a tad bit of noise in the upper right hand corner of the frame which can easily be removed. Possibly a little more contrast to bring out the colors.
Ron

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