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Whilst in the meadow yesterday, I spotted this beautiful swallowtail caterpillar, chomping away on a wild fennel stem. On looking closer, I saw that he/she was being watched from above. I took some images as the shield bug went closer to investigate, he decided that it was nothing to worry about, so continued on his way down the stem.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:what on earth is that?
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:7 Nov 2012 - 6:06 AM
Tags:Caterpillar, Close-up / macro, Close-up macro, General, Humour / fun, Nature, Shield bug, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:67
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 6:09 AM

A wonderful story, well told! I love the colours and details you've captured.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 6:10 AM

Another three terrific shots Carol, v1 has to be the winner today. Simply superb

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
7 Nov 2012 - 6:20 AM

Wow Carol ! Your three photos are amazing ! Who would have thought a worm could be so lovely Smile I think it is an amazing butterfly in the making Smile I love V2 where the two guys have a short greeting Smile

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 6:30 AM

Three fabulous close ups documenting this encounter, the details, colours and clarity are marvellous

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 6:37 AM

Just brilliant, 3 great shots and a great story as well almost like a children's book, 'The Shieldbug and the Caterpillar'.

Andy

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ugly
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7 Nov 2012 - 6:51 AM

3 great images...
V1 sticks in my mind most...
Great work...

Dave

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 7:23 AM

belting set carl wonderful detail brilliant colours and textures v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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SUE118
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7 Nov 2012 - 7:28 AM

Very comical. Hope you are ok Carol.

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DCox
DCox  1 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 - 7:44 AM

top drawer set of images, such clarity.
the stripey bug is an Italian striped-bug also known as a Minstrel bug.

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LynneJoyce
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7 Nov 2012 - 7:44 AM

What a beautiful caterpillar and a lovely shield bug of course.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 7:47 AM

Three fantastic and great images,Carol,very well done,
saeid

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Rock
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7 Nov 2012 - 7:52 AM

Simply perfect nature shot's.

Rock

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
7 Nov 2012 - 7:54 AM


Quote: Three fabulous close ups documenting this encounter, the details, colours and clarity are marvellous

I think Ed, might just have hit the nail on the head, amusingly try scrolling V3. it looks like they are moving, love it brilliantly captured nice set Carol, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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CaroleS
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7 Nov 2012 - 7:58 AM

Brilliant detail.
Carole

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 8:00 AM

V3 for me Smile

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Lillian
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7 Nov 2012 - 8:07 AM

V3 for me Carol
Lillian

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Badgerfred
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7 Nov 2012 - 8:18 AM

3 super images Carol, great detail,
Fred.

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barbarahirst
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7 Nov 2012 - 8:47 AM

incredible colours you have caught here

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 9:02 AM

Must be an official insect passing place: three very crisp shots of the pair, Carol.
Ronnie.

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JOKEN
JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 9:20 AM

A wonderful capture of the wonders of nature - the colours are outstanding.
Ken

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom991 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 9:25 AM

I'm hearing 'Gerroff, I got here first!'
Moira

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WhiteRose1
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7 Nov 2012 - 9:32 AM

"Bug off, I was here first" Grin Excellent.

Dave

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dmhuynh72
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7 Nov 2012 - 10:26 AM

great shots Carol
regards
Yung

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digital_boi
7 Nov 2012 - 10:28 AM

3 excellent captures Carol clear sharp and fine colours

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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jabe
jabe  3 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 10:40 AM

Grin Wonderful , Grin

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 10:43 AM

Fantastic, the two stripey ones together !

B.

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Irishkate
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7 Nov 2012 - 10:59 AM

I thought that was a third bug on the stem where the caterpillar is climbing?
Anyway two or three critters and an on going story.
Good work Carol.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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TonyDy
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7 Nov 2012 - 11:12 AM

Brilliant trio of images, Carol.
Tony

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bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 - 11:20 AM

passing strangers... amazing captues
bunSmile

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User_Removed
7 Nov 2012 - 11:27 AM

Great photos .... I'm envious of the beautiful shield bug .. they don't come in such bright colours here. All I have ever seen is brown, brown and brown. Beautiful in their own way but ... still ... brown!

Fantastic clarity and love the composition / story line of the three shots.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 12:25 PM

A great sequence Carol
v2 is my favourite of the three
Helen

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MandyG
MandyG  2 England
7 Nov 2012 - 1:06 PM

Great storytelling. I love v2! What a wonderful caterpillar.
Mandy

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Joline
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7 Nov 2012 - 1:14 PM

A fabulous snippet of life in the meadow. You have a keen eye to observe these little dramas.

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AnnChown
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7 Nov 2012 - 1:14 PM

These are great fun Carol - and a sweet story! I like them all as they are a complete story. Smile
Ann

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 1:18 PM

how surprising, I have taken a very similar picture in May (!) in my fennel Smile And you get this November, must be a real rarity.
both species seem to love the taste.

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phil99
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7 Nov 2012 - 2:17 PM

Brilliant macro work Carol...Phil

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 2:50 PM

Beauty in your meadow Carol.
Joan.

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Silverzone
7 Nov 2012 - 3:05 PM

Superb set. I'm glad the swallowtails are thriving as they are my favourite butterfly. Sylvia

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prabhusinha
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7 Nov 2012 - 3:13 PM

Wonderfully taken, they don't disturb each other.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 3:21 PM

Three stunning quality close-ups here, Carol Smile I'd be delighted just capture one creature, but again you've presented us with two different species and in the same photo. I've no hesitation in giving these my UA - each image would be worthy of its own Wink
Trev Smile

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AnneWorner
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7 Nov 2012 - 3:28 PM

A peaceable little kingdom. That is a healthy looking swallotail cat!

Anne

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7 Nov 2012 - 4:19 PM

How lovely. A clash of outfits. Smile
x

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Niknut
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7 Nov 2012 - 4:39 PM

GrinGrinGrinGrin !!!.....great shot !!!.....glad there wasn't any combat !!!

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Billyray
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7 Nov 2012 - 5:16 PM

Wow Carol, three excellent shots. Cracking captures all. Click.
Ray

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7 Nov 2012 - 6:57 PM

A trio of superbly detailed images Carol, excellent work Smile

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7 Nov 2012 - 7:10 PM

I do like the sense of scale

Peter

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Ade_Osman
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7 Nov 2012 - 7:47 PM

Great find Carol and the inclusion of the bug makes it all the better.....

Ade

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7 Nov 2012 - 7:54 PM

Three superb images Carol - love that caterpillar.
Brian.

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PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 8:40 PM

Excellent set!

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Chinga
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8 Nov 2012 - 5:41 AM

Caterpillar by Christina Rossetti

Brown and furry caterpillar in a hurry,
Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk, or what not,
Which may be the chosen spot. No toad spy you,
Hovering bird of prey pass by you;
Spin and die, to live again a butterfly.
Inspiring images Carol Grin IB

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
8 Nov 2012 - 2:47 PM

Excellent macro.
Lovely set....
Basith

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Hop-A-Long
8 Nov 2012 - 3:50 PM

Superb set of macro shots carol. V1 is my favourite.

Andy

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10 Nov 2012 - 7:37 AM

Superb. A

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