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Ready for winter | by Jelly Brain
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Ready for winter

Some caterpillars are just born ready to handle winter in style... I found this Ctenucha virginica caterpillar last January stranded on the snow.


No worries though, with a lovely fur coat and a body that can literally handle freezing, it was capable of waiting for the temperature to warm up a little so it could continue with its midwinter journey. But a frozen caterpillar? That's begging to be brought indoors under a high magnification setup, and photographed quickly before it thaws and starts to run away.


Technical Info:


-SB-80dx flashes left and right, diffused through sections of ping pong balls up close to the subject.

-Triggered with rf-602's.

-Caterpillar on its back and I was shooting down.

-Lens was a Mitakon Zhongyi 20mm with 4x magnification, so the frame represents about 4mm by 6mm.

-This is 8 shots, stacked in Zerene for more Depth of Field.

-Caterpillar was kept cold overwinter, fed when it warmed up, and eventually released as a moth later in the spring.

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Uploaded on December 22, 2018