Let’s Get Really Small!

Today’s post features an image I captured over the weekend. With the annual fall Monarch migration in full swing, there have been lots of Monarchs visiting the church butterfly garden, here in the Missouri Ozarks.

This featured image shows the sizes of a Monarch egg (upper, lefthand edge of image) and a freshly-hatched Monarch caterpillar, as compared to a dime:

Monarch butterfly egg and very small caterpillar

As you can readily see, both are very, very small! I will have some more images, even videos, available soon. I have been spending LOTS of time over the past few days, monitoring and photographing both hatching eggs and the chrysallis formation of older caterpillars. I even spent an “all nighter” Sunday night/Monday morning, capturing images and videos of these processes. Hope to have them available soon!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 180mm macro lens + 36mm Extension Tube
  • Bogen 3021 tripod, with ballhead
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/13
  • Shutter 1/6 sec.
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