The Hungry Caterpillars

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Despite our long-standing drought (or perhaps because of it?), these swallowtail caterpillars are thriving on the dill plant in our yard. Last summer we had two plants, but the drought has whittled it down to one; nonetheless, we currently have more of these (hopefully) future butterflies than we have ever had at one time. I was shocked when I went outside and saw how many plump caterpillars one dill plant can bear at one time! At this rate, we won’t have this one for long, either!

Needless to say, this was the perfect opportunity to get out my 50mm lens and put my close-up adapters on it for some practice taking macro shots. Though I have a lot of near misses from which these “hits” were taken, I am nonetheless amazed at what I can capture with my poor-man’s macro set-up.

Photos edited in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements

This medium-sized caterpillar was enjoying its meals beside a feather caught in its "food dish"

This medium-sized caterpillar was enjoying its meals beside a feather caught in its “food dish”

This little hatchingling was a fraction of the size of the others...barely visible

This little hatchingling was a fraction of the size of the others…barely visible

This is looking straight down from above

This is looking straight down from above

Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom!

Nom nom nom!

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