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The Emperor

By Hop-A-Long  
Finally got out yesterday and filled my polytunnel with trays fully seeded, a little late but with a touch of heat I should be able to bring the youngsters on fairly quickly.
Apart from taking photographs I find nothing more relaxing than the sound of the rain like we had yeaterday on something like a polytunnel or an old tin roof, not that you find many of them around anymore. Of course it only works if you have a nice cuppa to drink. I was bought one of those thermos style cups for christmas and it keeps my tea hot for ages and I mean hot. A big bonus is that it is the shape of a Nikon lens, brilliant. I just have to remember not to try and fit it to one of my cameras, try explaining that one at the repair shop. "Err, I was fitting a lens and poured the cup of hot tea that was contained in the lens into the camera". I think you may get some odd looks.

Todays upload is a project that I will do again, sadly it didn't work out as planned. This is one of the caterpillars from that project.
He is an Emperor Moth Caterpillar and I raised this from an egg. Unfortunately I had 10 eggs which became 10 caterpillars, this was the last one to survive, it's harder than it looks keeping these alive.
This one eventually became a pupae and I placed him in a cool place as instructed to await his return, of course I assuming he is a he, he could be a she but "it" doesn't quite sound right, so he it is, not that I'm bias or anything.
I checked on him one day and sure enough he had emerged, which I missed, again. Sadly something went wrong and he didn't puff his wings up, they were crumpled and tiny compared to his overall size. I took him into the warm and in the sun to dry him out, but he never flew and eventually passed the following day, so whether he was early emerging I don't know.
Once my darkroom is fully finished I am making an area to keep insects, so I will have another go then.

I hope you like these, any comments as always are welcome.

Tags: Fly Butterfly Moth Egg Insect Caterpillar Leaf Pupae Close-up and macro Emerge Grub

Voters: mohikan22, gazlowe, NDODS and 43 more

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NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 8:42AM
A well written and informative pre-narrative backed up with two great images, but in my humble opinion, version number uno get my humble vote. A real cracking image, full of natural colours and superb detail, but sadly they are no good for your'e plants.

Regards Nathan.


If you managed to grow any Beetroot, could you pass on a couple, we can never seem to grow them in this funny Southern Soil...
16 May 2012 8:50AM
Superv macro dear frnd this is nice point of view.
SlowSong Plus
13 10.1k 30 England
16 May 2012 9:38AM
V2 for me. Love the shape.
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 9:38AM
prickly subject today but superbly detailed images
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 9:52AM
Two cracking macros, Andy. The colour is superb.
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
16 May 2012 10:16AM
Superb colour and detail, Andy. Certainly looks well fed.

cheesey 15 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 11:01AM
Wonderful colours and detail. Great shots.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 11:06AM
The emperor soon to get his new clothes...

Quote:Once my darkroom is fully finished I am making an area to keep insects
Have you actually discussed this with Gill yet? I remember my mother's reaction when I had a similar plan (non-photographically) some sixty years ago... Wink
morpheus1955 15 3 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 11:30AM
Two superb macro image, amazing detail and excellent detail.

Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 12:05PM
What a write up! and goes so well with the very detailed little caterpillar
two good shots
Fefe Plus
10 62 38 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 1:14PM
Lovely caterpillar, great shots V1 for meGrin
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
16 May 2012 1:41PM
The eating machine rides again! a Superbly focused image!
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
16 May 2012 1:51PM
Lovely clarity and detail!
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
16 May 2012 2:12PM
Such well detailed shots Andy.
And I remember my old darkroom days when I used old teabags to ''tone'' my prints.
All this recycling lark they talk about nowadays,is nothing new to me !!
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 2:28PM
Couple of excellent macro's here.

ugly Plus
13 9 57 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 2:34PM
V1 for me today...
I do like who sharp and clear this image is...
Great work...

wonkers 12 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 5:06PM
Both images equally excellent. Interesting narrative too.

jaktis Plus
18 84 Sweden
16 May 2012 5:30PM
He is beautiful in this state anyway

TONKSPHOTO 11 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 6:00PM
Brilliant macro photography....May have found you vocation Andy..........John
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 6:07PM
What a handsome chap you have here
V1 for a vote today ...super detail
1881 9 India
16 May 2012 6:56PM
GREAT shot.
RTDS 13 Cyprus
16 May 2012 7:09PM
Excellent captures with stunning details.
16 May 2012 7:26PM
Fantastic detail Andy, both in the picture and the description. Grin V1 gets my vote.

bobsblues 12 10 2 United Kingdom
16 May 2012 7:32PM
Two great shots both worth a vote in their own right .
Herge88 14 40 6 England
16 May 2012 9:09PM
Stunning detail in this and pin sharp macro work.

Best Matt
jdinne 18 16 England
16 May 2012 9:27PM
Brilliant, everything really, agree with everything above.


Rev2 12 302 2 England
17 May 2012 5:26PM
They are formidable beasts when they hatch, I'll have to check your gallery. Back later.
Brilane 15 5 12 Wales
17 May 2012 6:20PM
Superb close-ups.
My seedlings are a bit behind also, and my dahlia tubers seem to have gone on strike. Luckily I have grown some dahlias from seed but I never plant them out until the beginning of June.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
18 May 2012 9:43PM
Excellent macros! Well seen! IB
Ayoob 10 Australia
19 May 2012 10:28PM
Two beautiful macro images,very well taken and presented....Grin
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
9 Jun 2012 10:35PM
Marvellous detail and colours in these close ups Andy, this is macrowork of the very highest calibre

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