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I found this handsome chappie chomping on a stem of wild fennel in the meadow, I took some images and then decided to see if I could raise a swallowtail butterfly from him. So home he came, with a fistful of fennel flowers and stems, and was popped into a large jam jar. He fed and pooped for about three days, then nothing. Slowly he attached himself to a thick twig, yesterday he shed his skin, and this morning he is a fully fledged chrysalis! I donít know whether he will emerge this year or next, depending on the temperature here, but if he is going to emerge this year, then hopefully I should have something to report to you in about 10-12 days. Watch this space! V.5 shows the condition he is in now.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:meet Swallow!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:15 Nov 2012 - 5:53 AM
Tags:Captive animals, Caterpillar, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:82
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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 6:06 AM

Didn't know what it was from thumbnail. An excellent set, so far so good and looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Thank you for UA, which was a nice surprise.
regards
Yung

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 6:40 AM

I knew it, you are growing your own beasties in a lab.....Grin

What an absolutely stunning creature and beautifully captured (in both meanings of the word). Can't wait to see the results.

Andy

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 6:42 AM

A great documentary set but assessing them individually I prefer No. 2.

Albert

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Glostopcat
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15 Nov 2012 - 6:44 AM

A fabulous set of caterpillar and chrysalis close ups Carol, I look forward to seeing what emerges sometime in the future. If this caterpillar has any sense he won't venture out until the spring!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Nov 2012 - 6:47 AM

What a great set you have produced again Carol !! V1 is spectacular in my humble opinion Smile

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ugly
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15 Nov 2012 - 7:09 AM

V4 and V1 are outstanding to day...
Great work...

Dave

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Hop-A-Long
15 Nov 2012 - 7:14 AM

Fantastic set. V2 is wonderful.

Andy

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84310 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 7:17 AM

A caterpillar!!! I couldn't guess what it was from the thumbnail! 5 Gorgeous captures, I shall look forward to seeing developments! Smile

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 7:20 AM

Was totally at a loss trying to work out what today's posting could be from the thumbnail! What a superb set! Love them all really and so looking forward to seeing him/her once the time comes, but would suggest waiting for Springtime if it was up to me! Grin

Ann

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goosed
goosed  8 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 - 7:21 AM

brilliant story and fab photo, looking forward to an update.

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LynneJoyce
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15 Nov 2012 - 7:28 AM

I look forward to reports in this handsome beauty, super series.

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SUE118
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15 Nov 2012 - 7:38 AM

Good luck and I do hope you get the result. I did the same thing with an Oleander moth and it emerged flew out of the bathroom window and was caught by next doors cat Sad and eaten I was heartbroken well I was 11 at the time, I didn't talk to the cat for days.

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helenlinda
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15 Nov 2012 - 7:45 AM

Well documented shots and I hope you have some pictures of the moth in a couple of weeks time - Helen

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 8:01 AM

brilliant set carol wonderful detail and colours looking forward to seeing what happens v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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WhiteRose1
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15 Nov 2012 - 8:07 AM

Superb head-on, Carol! Grin A fine set of images and story to go with it. I hope you will be able to catch it emerging, what a set of photos that would be.

Dave

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Badgerfred
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15 Nov 2012 - 8:20 AM

Another excellent set of images Carol, V3 a slight favourite,
Fred.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 448 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 8:29 AM

An amazingly detailed set of images Carol, with such terrific clarity and colour. To match a superb narrative and leaving us with a cliff hanger! Cant wait to see the result fingers crossed its this year!

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NaturesHaven
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15 Nov 2012 - 9:00 AM

I thought this was a stick of Blackpool rock when I saw the thumbnail............GrinGrinGrin

What a great macro of this critter..........well done..........GrinGrinGrin

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Silverzone
15 Nov 2012 - 9:04 AM

What a great idea. Super series of images. Sylvia

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rontear
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15 Nov 2012 - 9:20 AM

V1 is tremendous Sue !!! They are distinctive caterpillars !! A warning to birds and a beast to a beauty too !!
Ron.

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User_Removed
15 Nov 2012 - 9:38 AM

Really interesting images and description, I wait for more news.

Lucien. Smile

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RonnieAG
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15 Nov 2012 - 9:41 AM

What a wonderful and fascinating set, Carol: I will waited with baited breath to see what transpires.
Ronnie.

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SlowSong
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15 Nov 2012 - 10:13 AM

Yikes! Fancy waking up and finding this staring down at you. Grin Super shots.
x

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digital_boi
15 Nov 2012 - 10:17 AM

keep us posted on developments fine set as always Carol great details and colour always a pleasure to view

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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TonyDy
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15 Nov 2012 - 11:28 AM

Great set, Carol - hope he hatches for you.
Tony

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
15 Nov 2012 - 11:30 AM

What a great set of shots and time will tell cant wait to see your shots when something comes out.
jj

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CaroleS
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15 Nov 2012 - 11:32 AM

Wonderful - you must keep us up to date with it!
Carole

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 11:39 AM

Wow Carol what a brilliant set of images I am another who can't wait to see what happens next - great narrative too xx

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Fefe
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15 Nov 2012 - 11:44 AM

Oh Carol............ I did this once when I was about 12, It was one of those fat hairy catterpillars, It emerged as a Red admiral or something similar (not too sure on butterfly names), I set it free after I found it flying around the room, I was so pleased that it hatched out.
Please let us know what happens, good luckGrin


Oh great set, V4 is my faveGrin
Diane

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15 Nov 2012 - 11:47 AM

wow wonderful natural history set Carol superb work

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Irishkate
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15 Nov 2012 - 12:08 PM

Most interesting set - looking forward to the unveiling.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Chinga
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15 Nov 2012 - 12:40 PM

GrinGrinGrin What a great reportage!
She's beautiful. Keep us posted when you become a "mum" GrinGrinGrinGrin
Stunning images V2 is adorable for the different angle of view... Brava! IB

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achieverswales
15 Nov 2012 - 12:46 PM

Let me know when to break out the drink Carol, every one worthy of its own upload, excellent set.

Regards

Trev.

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Joline
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15 Nov 2012 - 12:53 PM

V1 is the most unusual pose for a caterpillar I've ever seen.Grin
Good luck with your husbandry, I'll look forward to seeing the results.

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Daisymaye
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15 Nov 2012 - 1:21 PM

What an interesting project you're up to. I will look forward to seeing how it turns out. 5 excellent shots here Carol......Sandy

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WindowonWildlife
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15 Nov 2012 - 1:21 PM

Excellent work Carol, gotta be V2 for me Wink

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15 Nov 2012 - 2:14 PM

Superb shots Carol, love V4.
Brian

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TrevBatWCC
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15 Nov 2012 - 3:02 PM

I was rather puzzled too when I saw the thumbnail! Wink A cracking set, Carol, and look forward to seeing what he emerges as! Hard to pick a fave, they're all excellent Smile
Trev Smile

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AnnChown
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15 Nov 2012 - 3:19 PM

Brilliant Carol - I think v4 is my fave, but they're all excellent! I'm looking forward to what happens next! Smile
Ann

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 3:24 PM

I would like to give a vote each to Carol, its a superb set with a cracking description. Hope it survives and we get to see the result. V2 is my favourite, (Like others, I couldn't make out what it was from the thumbnail).
Ray

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15 Nov 2012 - 3:34 PM

Simply outstanding Carol.

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
15 Nov 2012 - 3:34 PM

Excellent shots Carol.
Always presenting beautiful images. GOOD LUCK

Basith

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15 Nov 2012 - 3:38 PM

I think Andysnapper has discovered your secret, you are breeding all those wonderful bugs etc in a special photographic laboratory, of course with the sole intention of making us jealous. A wonderful set of pics.

Harriet

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15 Nov 2012 - 4:27 PM

Wonderful detailed close ups Carol, very nice work. Gary

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annettep38
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15 Nov 2012 - 4:44 PM

a fine and very funny series of the swallowtail caterpillar. I also like their rear end with the caterpillar.

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Gerryrys
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15 Nov 2012 - 5:18 PM

Amazing images Carol. Very nice.

Gerry

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15 Nov 2012 - 5:35 PM

Cracking series !!!.....top notch !!

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15 Nov 2012 - 5:41 PM

Wow, what a project. Look forward to future shots of the finished product WinkGrin. Super set of shots here Carol.
Only a couple of very early hours of sunshine here, then fog and drizzle Sad. Moira

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Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 - 5:58 PM

Great set of close-ups, Carol.

P.

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15 Nov 2012 - 6:05 PM

WOW!!!! Stunning

dven

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NobbytheNobster

What brilliant set Carol, superb detail and colours..
Look forward to the next of the series Smile
Ricky.

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15 Nov 2012 - 7:47 PM

This is so exciting, we are all going to eagerly await the outcome.
Carol, these images are amazing, especially V1!!!!!!!!!!!

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15 Nov 2012 - 8:27 PM

Superb caterpillar images Carol - love V2 showing its little fat legs.Wink
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15 Nov 2012 - 8:56 PM

Can't wait to see what kind of swallowtail it will become. The caterpillar looks much like the ones here.

Anne

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15 Nov 2012 - 10:05 PM

Excellent capture great set--------Gary(milky)

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 10:11 PM

Loving the whole lot of these Carol but no,1 to the Bank,,A fine set but would love Swallow to remain as he is,,more interesting,,Wink

Aidan,,

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16 Nov 2012 - 9:01 AM

Excellent set of images ,Carol.........Grin

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
16 Nov 2012 - 1:34 PM

An amazing Caterpillar Carol, looks quite big splendid markings and colours like them all, well done as usual, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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18 Nov 2012 - 10:39 PM

Brilliant Carol...I am sure you will get a swallow tail...years ago in the uk I did the same but as I went to photograph it it flew away...I was really fed up about that...Smile
Storms here today & a few for the week...& windy.
Pauline.

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dasher
dasher  4 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2012 - 4:51 PM

Great pics as usual Carol and you show great dedication.
As a child I did a similar thing with some tiny caterpillars in a web on a privet bush.I was very disappointed when they hatched into small moths silver with dots!!
Size is important in this case ,usually the bigger the caterpillar the bigger the moth!!
Best wishes Robert,from a miserable wet UK.

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20 Nov 2012 - 10:59 AM

Superb set Carol. A

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28 Nov 2012 - 9:24 AM

Gosh Carol, this is a beautiful set.
Johanna

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