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Old May 25, 2009, 9:15 PM   #1
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Went out to the yard to do something... can't remember what it was... anyway I saw this Gulf fritillary caterpillar on the wire fence I put up for some Ivy to grow on.
Don't know what the little fly is on its back but, its tiny!


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Old May 25, 2009, 9:18 PM   #2
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I stroked his fur? and woke him up. he got all up set and turned around and went off the other way.

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Then I saw another one hiding under a leaf. I tried to turn it over but, it broke off. I placed it on the potting table, he must have been sleeping, he didn't move for a while then when he woke up he started to check out the leaf he was on and then proceeded to devour it!








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Nice series - glad you left him a meal when you disturbed him so much.
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Good macro shots, he sure is ugly though and looks down right dangerous.
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Great shots there GW

Looks like the bristles are actually spikes

What setup are you using - lens, flash etc


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Great series GW

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Old May 26, 2009, 11:04 AM   #8
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GW - Great shots of a tough subject - I find it hard to get caterpillars in sharp focus, and the background nicely blurred. Yes they are sort of on the ugly side, but the adults are so beautiful! (A common question I get on the telephone - "How do I attract butterflies to my garden? And by the way, what can I do about those nasty caterpillars?)
The little "fly" may be some sort of a parasite - there are a number of tiny wasps that lay eggs inside of caterpillars. We don't have many of the Gulf Fritillaries here, so I don't know their parasites well...

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There are definitely some strange creatures on this earth. Nice captures, thanks for posting GW.

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Good ones, GW. I've never seen orange ones before, and I would have thought them something else, but the "caterpiggle" field guide says they are variable. More typical ones can be seen in their life history thread:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...y-frolics.html

While you were at it, couldn't you have gotten a bigger picture of that little "fly"? In fact, I don't think it is a fly at all, but probably a little parasitic Chalcid wasp about to lay an egg in the caterpillar!

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