Fun Friday: The Complete Smile

In today’s Fun Friday post, I’m featured a view of the Black Swallowtail caterpillar that you probably don’t see very often. As a photographer, it’s a view that I get all too often, but usually don’t want!

While in my friend’s beautiful butterfly garden a couple of days ago, there were three Black Swallowtail caterpillars busy eating away at a fennel plant. I had much enjoyment capturing macro images of this trio … I ended up spending about an hour and a half with them! One of the images contained one of the caterpillars as it turned and worked it’s way along a fennel branch, pointed away from me. I was totally surprised with the upside-down “smile” he was giving me:

Black Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar

Coming up … more images of these three caterpillars as they alternately “ravage fed” on the fennel, and then rested for some time (is there tryptophan in fennel?)¬† :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 180mm f/3.5 macro lens
  • ¬†Bogen 3221 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/250 sec.



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