natgeo Video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) As a photographer one of the things I practice is noticing small things, details. Occasionally it pays off in unexpected ways and I sometimes see the strangest things. I often photograph red efts that I see in the forest. They are the juvenile form of the Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). But I had never seen this before. A bright green caterpillar crossing the newt like a bridge. Funniest thing was that the newt waited patiently for the insect to cross before moving on. There is a whole wild world on the forest floor.
Curled Rose Sawfly caterpillar - Fehéröves levéldarázs hernyója - Allantus cinctus by Benjamin Balázs Via Flickr: Upper one shot with 3 extension tubes + Raynox DCR 250. (stacked from 20 images) ~ 3.5:1 Magnification Ratio
The lower one shot with just the extension tubes. (stacked from 19 images) ~ 2:1 Magnification Ratio
Flash: Yongnuo YN-565EX
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Meet my caterpillar I named Sausage, I found it on some lettuce a month ago feasting away and so I decided to look after it - I’ve always wanted to have a caterpillar and watch it transform.
After a couple of weeks it started to change colour and was trying desperately hard to get away from the food I gave it, so I removed the lettuce and gave it some soil and surely enough it made a little cavity in the soil and started its transformation. This morning I had to get up stupidly early for some work I had and It became a pretty little moth:
I left it on a little tree for its wings to dry out and when I got back home it was gone, it was amazing looking after this and watching it transform.