Black Swallowtail

© Nancy S. Kruskop

Black Swallowtail

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict July 12, 2010

Great macro image here, Nancy.

Dominick #1287291

Nancy S. Kruskop July 12, 2010

Thanks, Dominick! #8749752

Randy A. Myers level-classic July 12, 2010

Great detail and color. Good job! #8749979

Dianna Murphy July 12, 2010

Wow so cool, awesome colors!!!) #8750456

Kathleen Brennan July 12, 2010

Very cool macro! #8752307

Nikki McDonald level-classic July 13, 2010

Wonderful macro, Nancy, one of the clearest I have seen. I think this is a black swallowtail butterfly caterpillar. If it's on one of your plants (dill? parsley?), you will want to keep an eye on it so you can possibly see the butterfly emerge. Heather Pickard just watched one emerge and got some wonderful images that you can enjoy in New Images on her page. #8760216

Shirley A. Kinney July 14, 2010

What an awesome capture! :) #8760903

Susan Jane Allen level-classic August 12, 2010

Outstanding macro with great DOF and color! #8823934

Randy A. Myers level-classic August 13, 2010

Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round. #8826457

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic August 13, 2010

Your caterpillar shots are spectacular - glad to see the Judges thought so also. Good Luck on the next round. #8826503

Ellen Devenny level-classic August 13, 2010

Congratulations!!! #8827607

Rona L. Schwarz August 15, 2010

Spectacular macro of this caterpillar, Nancy - the details are just incredible! CONGRATULATIONS on another outstanding Finalist, and good luck in the next round! #8836868

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I thought this little guy was sticking his tongue out at me, but after a little research I learned that this caterpillar has a special gland called an osmeterium that emits a foul odor when the caterpillar is threatened. The orange osmeterium looks like a forked snake tongue. Guess he didn't like having his photo taken. 100mm macro, f/16, 1/125, ISO 100

Exif: F Number: 16, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D

Uploaded on July 12, 2010 Photo Contest Finalist

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