Macro Monday

Caterpillar eggs hatching

This week’s Macro Monday is a follow up to my post last week.

This is the same group of Large White Butterfly eggs on a Nasturtium leaf in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden. They are now starting to hatch. After eating their way out of the egg casing some of the young caterpillars turn around and eat more of the casing. The casing may contain nutrients or minerals that help the caterpillars develop.


Macro Monday: Caterpillar eggs hatching


Macro Monday

Large White Butterfly eggs

Welcome to my second Macro Monday.

These are Large White Butterfly eggs on the underside of a Nasturtium leaf in Hatherton, Cheshire.

These eggs are tiny and were photographed with the high magnification OM Zuiko 38mm macro lens.


Macro Monday: Large White Butterfly eggs


Macro Monday

An Unusual Caterpillar

This is my first post for Macro Monday which will probably become a weekly feature. After two years of Monochrome Monday posts I thought it was time for a change.

This is also my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: Unusual.

This is a rare colour variation of the Grey Dagger Moth caterpillar photographed in Hatherton, Cheshire, England in the early 1990s.

The very pale bluish stripe down the centre of the back of the caterpillar is normally a bright yellow. When I found and photographed this specimen I had to do some research. I could find no reference to this colour variation in any of my books so I went to see an entomologist friend to see what we could find in his reference books. In the end we found a reference to the colour variation in a 19th century reference book.


Friendly Friday Challenge: Unusual