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Large and Small

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Size Comparison of Objects prompt.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

Large and small caterpillars of the Large White Butterfly.

Silent Sunday: 7th February 2021

Large and small Maple leaves on snow.

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Large White Butterfly caterpillars

My Macro Monday post this week is a follow up to my post a few weeks ago about the eggs of a Large White Butterfly hatching.

These are two Large White Butterfly caterpillars on Nasturtium leaves. I suspect that one is from the eggs I photographed. Because of the size disparity between the two I suspect that one is from a different group of eggs that hatched at a different time.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

 

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All the eggs have hatched

I meant to post this Macro Monday last week but forgot. It’s a follow-up to my Macro Monday post two weeks ago.

These are the recently hatched caterpillars of a Large White Butterfly. All the eggs have now hatched and most of the egg shells have been eaten by the caterpillars. They eat the egg shells because they contain plenty of nutrients, then they start eating the Nasturtium leaf the eggs were laid on.

 

Macro Monday: All the eggs have hatched

 

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Butterfly 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

 

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CFFC: Sense of Tasting

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking about some of the insect species that make themselves poisonous or at least taste bad by various means.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

These are Cinnabar Moth caterpillars feeding on Ragwort, a poisonous plant. As they feed they build up toxins from the plant. The yellow and black bands serve as a warning to potential predators.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

This is a Six Spot Burnet moth. The red spots serve as a warning to potential predators that the moth is poisonous and if attacked it produces a liquid that contains cyanide.

 

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Triple Set Double Letter Insects

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with double letters.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to set a rule that a short caption for any photos should have at least two sets of double letters.

I fairly quickly found two photos of insects from my digitised slide archives that met the rule and actually had a third pair of double letters. I then gave the two photos a selective colour treatment as it’s a black and white challenge.

 

Triple Set Double Letter Insects

Cinnabar Moth caterpillars feeding on Ragwort. They were photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire.

 

Triple Set Double Letter Insects

A Comma Butterfly sunning itself in a Hatherton garden.

 

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Friendly Friday: Odd Couples

A contribution to throw Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge. Having started selecting photos featuring two different species I changed my mind and went for photos of two individuals of the same species.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

Big and small Large White Butterfly caterpillars feeding on Nasturtium leaves in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

One Herring Gull complains about something while being ignored by the second bird. Photographed on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Odd Couples

Adult and immature White-crowned Sparrows on the South Bruce Peninsula during autumn migration. The adult will have made the long distance migration before but it’s the first time for the immature bird which hatched from an egg on the tundra of arctic Canada in the summer.