Acharia stimulea

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Photo Info
UploadedSeptember 17, 2008
TakenSeptember 15, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/250 sec at f/1.8
FlashCompulsory Flash, Return light not detected
Focal Length50 mm
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I found this saddleback caterpillar (Acharia stimulea) in the woods in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Saddleback caterpillars are covered with venomous urticating hairs. For this reason, I had to be extra careful when handling this specimen.

Two weeks after this photo was taken, the caterpillar formed a cocoon and entered the pupal stage.

I used an extended 35mm lens for magnification.

In the story Insect Macros.

17 responses

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    Stunning capture ! Awesome macro !

  • Marcela Barsse

    Marcela Barsse gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    Great macro, cool specimen!

  • meredith hanafi

    meredith hanafi gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    Really amazing capture! what a creature!

  • Kevin Kabuki

    Kevin Kabuki gave props (17 Sep 2008):

    Looks like a nudibranch, very cool

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (17 Sep 2008):

    Wow! Interesting!

  • Trish Meyer

    Trish Meyer (Deleted) gave props (18 Sep 2008):

    Great shot, definitely one to be wary of.

  • Jennifer Rowe

    Jennifer Rowe gave props (18 Sep 2008):

    I like your angle and dof - nice!

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (27 Sep 2008):

    Super cool, Kevin!

  • James Linder

    James Linder gave props (3 Oct 2008):

    Sweet shot!

  • Scott Derryberry

    Scott Derryberry gave props (15 Oct 2008):

    i brushed one with my arm one time. some of the worst pain i ever felt!!! strange how something so beautiful causes that much pain!

  • Serge Golub

    Serge Golub gave props (15 Oct 2008):

    Amazing macros. If they're in Charlottesville, they're probably around here in Richmond too. That scares me.

  • Kevin Collins

    Kevin Collins said (15 Oct 2008):

    Don't worry - most of them are in cocoons...
    ...At least for now.

  • Ken Mooney

    Ken Mooney gave props (27 Oct 2008):

    Real nice macro of a strange caterpillar.

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    that does not even look real! very cool!

  • Andres Garcia Lachner

    Andres Garcia Lachner gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    flawless work!

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (23 Mar 2009):

    Saddleback in happier days, indeed. Incredible work.

  • Maia Coimbra

    Maia Coimbra said (4 Jul 2009):

    nice job

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