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I'll be a monarch

I'll be a monarch
Photo Information
Copyright: Mark Kula (markula) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 216] (882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 7:41
Viewed: 4126
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After reading some information about Monarch butterfly caterpillar I see that I was lucky. These live only for about two weeks. But I had no idea that there's four generations of them in a year. It means I must have missed the previous three. It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow and it's my day off, so I'll go back to the same place and try to take a good look at those milkweed plants. Maybe I get lucky again.

Here is some information about Monarch butterfly caterpillar:
The leaves of milkweed plants are poisonous to most animals, because they contain chemicals called "cardenolides." Monarch caterpillars are not affected by cardenolides; in fact, they store these chemicals inside their bodies, which makes the caterpillars poisonous to most animals. Later, when the caterpillars turn into adult butterflies, the cardenolides stay inside.
Very few vertebrates (animals with backbones, such as mammals and birds) eat Monarch caterpillars or adults, although many will give them a try before spitting them out. From then on, the animal has learned that Monarchs aren't good to eat and they avoid them.
Invertebrate predators (animals without backbones, such as other insects), don't seem to mind the cardenolides so much. Therefore, Monarchs' main predators are insects, such as wasps, ambush bugs, and some species of stink bugs. Spiders also eat Monarchs. It is believed that some lizards and frogs (even though they're vertebrates) eat them too.
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Hello Mark,

excllent detais, very crisp, nice colors, Bg, POV DOF very well composed and capture Photo,

TFS Kyle

i always wonder if pretty caterpillars give pretty
butterflies...in the case of the monarch the answer must be yes.
excellent macro-shot, mark! :-)
well composed with the colorful caterpillar climbing the up
the leaf, perfect sharpness, onderful bright colors and
amazing details - the yellow-white-black stripes are so cool.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

Lovely colours, excellent DOF..!
Also a nice composition.

TFS Greetz Kristy

Hello Mark,
very pleasant composition, and the limited spectre of colours to subtle green, yellow, and black hues looks very noble.
I like the shadow on he lower leaf that provides the necessary depth. And what also is very impressing and comes to my attention for the first time: in addition to being posionous and showing warning colours the caterpillar seems to confuse any possible aggressor by the fact that head and end of body look very much the same!
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-08 8:36]

Nítida imagen Mark, con bonita composición, excelente control de la luz y un trasfondo muy bien logrado.
Muy buen trabajo.
Saludos... Ricardo

Sharp image Mark, with beautiful composition, excellent control of the light and a background very well achieved. Very good job.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-08 9:14]

Hi Mark

A very beautiful shot of this collorfull caterpillar.
Excellent pOV, lovely colors, spot-on focus, great pale BG and great light.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-08 9:17]

Very nice plain and sharp composition. Good colours and details.
TFS, Ulla

Hello Mark,
Impressive composition, pov, and dof. Great sharpness and details. Very well done and congratulations.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-09-08 11:54]

Hi Mark,
Beautiful shot, with excellent composition and very sharp detail. Well blurred BG puts emphasis on the colourful subject

Hello Mark, nice shot of this 'future' monarch.
Great compo and amazing colors.
Well done and TSF.


Très classique et très reussie. De bons détails et image agéable à regarder.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-08 13:03]

Hi Mark,

Incredible that this will turn into a beautiful butterfly.
Very natural capture with soft natural colors and great sharpness.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-08 21:19]

Hi Mark

It's hard to tell what end is front and which is rear.Lovely macro with well saturated colours.I really like the BG.Very god DOF and POV.You have composed this shot very well.A beautiful image .TFS


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-09 0:48]

Hi Mark, super catch of the Monarch caterpillar. Colours and DOF are good. Well shown,

Hi Mark,
This is a great shot. Details are good, composition, DOF, POV and lightning too. He'll do a beautiful butterfly, no doubt about it :-) TFS,

Hi Mark,
A nice shot on this Monarch caterpillar. Exposure looks to have been excellent. The colors and detail look great. Nice seperation from the OOF backround. Well done!

  • jeanpaul Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
  • [2006-09-14 21:10]

Salut Mark
encore une superbe photo d'une belle chenille qui va de venir un superbe papillon,la belle composition et beau BG rende la photo très intéressante.
Bravo et merci...JP

Good picture with very interesting and relevant information.
I've been looking at your last post (the bird) and this one.
In my opinion there is an other kind of sharpness. This is not a critique however. Could it be that the lenses give this 'other' result? I'm talking about respectively the Tamron macro and the Canon one...I wonder what your experience is about that?
Well done here

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-16 7:49]

Hello Mark,
very nice close up, usually takes a bit to know which side is the front. ;-). Very well captured, POV and the wonderful neutral BG show it off so well. Sharpness, colors and composition are great.

Hello Mark,
A very clean and delicate composition, like most of yours!
Very good colours and details in the insect, not much nitpicks here...
Good lighting, pleasant lines... all together well done!
Pablo -

very nice colours. rich and detailed. which side is the head.. they look the same :)
i love the colours alot because they blend and compliment each other with it's nice green and yellow. great sharing.

Hi Mark.
Very interesting caterpillar with strange colours. And thankyou very much for this photo, I'm very glad to meet with this guy.
With my best wishes.

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