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Ready to Morph

Ready to Morph
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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: 2008-04-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths, Monarchs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-29 23:18
Viewed: 3628
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Monarch caterpillar (larva) is getting ready to move into the next stage of the metamorphosis: pupa. It finds a sheltered spot and attaches itself to a twig (or in this case, a beam on the fence) upside down. Its colors turn darker and murkier, its body goes rigid in a J shape. Soon it will turn into a chrysalid.

Click here to see another caterpillar, a chrysalid, a butterfly, and a cluster .

Monarch Butterfly
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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Superb documentation, Manyee.
I have understood the cycle of a butterfly's life very clearly through your series of pictures and this one is a significant link in that chain.
The speciment in this picture has already lost the outer signs of life.
TFS and regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-04-30 1:15]

Hi Manyee,
It's an interesting macro work.DOF is
very good.Thanks for sharing!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-01 1:39]

Hello Manyee, Very interesting shot and superb showing. I like the way you have taken the composition. Excellent Ganesh

Hi Manyee
I think this is what trek is all about. Learing through good photos, and the notations.
It has been so long since I have seen or thought about metamorphosis. Thanks for bringing this here.
Of course the image is super,with focus and colours being so clear:)

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