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Jade Jewel

Jade Jewel
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths, Monarchs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-27 3:40
Viewed: 3913
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When the time comes, our caterpillar goes to find a good place above ground to attach itself. It hangs upside down, curls into a "J", and prepares itself for an amazing transformation. Here is the result, one of the wonders of nature.

This chrysalid is about 3 cm long.
It was hanging on the back gate of the butterfly garden at Coyote HIlls Regional Park.

Monarch Chrysalid
Danaus plexippus

Around the fifteenth day, the caterpillar feels a sense of urgency, Its skin is beginning to harden and internal changes are taking place; the miracles of metamorphosis is about to begin, and it is on a timetable. It must find a suitable protected place above the ground, before its hardening skin makes movement impossible.

Having found such a spot, the caterpillar lays down a mat of silk fibers, attaches itself upside down to the mar, curls its body into the shape of a letter "J" and sheds its skin one last time to replace it with a shell covering. During the next nine to fifteen days, extraordinary changes take place within this chrysalis; the leaf chewing caterpillar that disappeared into it emerges as a radiant, nectar-sipping Monarch Butterfly.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-27 6:20]

So simple yet so effective!
Great work, Manyee!
The details are lovely, the lighting great and the framing excellent.
A very beautiful composition!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Manyee!
A few weeks ago I saw several monarch caterpillars feeding on milkweed plants. I was going back every couple of days waiting for them to convert into chrysalis. No luck or... poor vision. Well, now at least I know how it looks like. Maybe next year...

Very beautiful picture and I like this composition.

Hi Manyee!
Your picture portrays a significant stage in the transformative process of a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly.
It is a deeply educative experience for me.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-27 20:56]

Hello Manyee

Good find,and nice capture.A wonderful photo with excellent DOF and POV.Very nice colours.Very useful notes.TFS


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