Birth of Royalty – Video


Today’s post features a project I’ve been working on for a while. In late August, I found a Monarch butterfly egg on a milkweed leaf, in my butterfly garden. I removed the leaf and placed it inside a mesh butterfly cage in the garage.

When the caterpillar was close to hatching (as evidenced by the head turning black, inside the egg) I set up a camera and captured hundreds of images, at short intervals, so I could put together a time-lapse video of a caterpillar hatching from it’s egg.

Here is one of the single frames of the video, showing the caterpillar escaping his egg:

Monarch butterfly caterpillar emerging from egg


To see the entire time-lapse video (a little over one minute in length) click on this link:


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 180mm macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/32
  • Shutter Speed 0.9 sec./frame



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