Junonia coenia

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© Kevin Collins

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I found this common buckeye caterpillar on the sidewalk.

The day after I photographed it, it pupated.

For magnification, I used a Nikon 50mm f/1.4D reverse mounted on a Nikon 60mm f/2.8 AF-D Micro.

To increase DoF, I focus stacked 5 frames in CombineZP.

I usually eliminate solid vignettes, but in this case, I decided that it looked cool and nicely complemented the curled caterpillar.

6 responses

  • Scott Derryberry

    Scott Derryberry gave props (15 Oct 2008):

    amazing detail. really nice work!

  • Steve Gong

    Steve Gong gave props (18 Oct 2008):

    This is very impressive. What does it look like now? Put up a pic!

  • Kevin Collins

    Kevin Collins said (18 Oct 2008):

    Actually, there is a sad story behind its transformation. I put the pupa in a plastic container, then left it in the trunk of my car. My intention was to expose it to natural outdoor temperatures while it developed. I assumed it would emerge in the spring. Unfortunately, it transformed into a butterfly only a few days after pupating. All of this occurred, of course, while it was still in a plastic container, in the trunk of my car.
    I found it dead inside the container. Apparently, it perished while desperately attempting to escape through the container's small airhole. It's a real shame. From what I could tell, it looked like a pretty butterfly. It had really cool eyespots.

  • andy soegiardjo

    andy soegiardjo gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    wow...good idea!

  • Dani Barchana

    Dani Barchana (Deleted) said (7 Jul 2009):

    Good Focus Stacking, nice picture.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (7 Dec 2009):

    Fascinating!

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