Butterflies & Moths

Caterpillar

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Australian Grapevine Moth larvae – I’ve been watching out for these cuties on my grapevine. I have to be quick as I think the birds like them, too.  We are expecting a warm week, so maybe my grapes will ripen after all. The blackbirds are checking them daily, and the sparrows.

Wikipedia says…

The Australian grapevine moth (Phalaenoides glycinae) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is endemic to the south-eastern half of Australia, but is an invasive species in many parts of the world, including Canada and South Africa.

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Photos taken with the Nikon D3000.

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Okay, a weird camera angle there!    It is upside down – we’re looking at his chin and the first two sets of legs.

Thanks for looking.  I trust that you’re having a fine weekend.   🙂

 

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Butterflies & Moths

Caterpillar Feet

1screenshot20121018at111I’m posting this for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. The second Monday of the month is Macro … I just squeeze in.  I’m using the Nokia Lumia 520 windows phone for these photos. Cropped and optimized, otherwise untouched. I hope my images are macro enough. I can’t get much closer with my phone camera.

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clinging to the midrib

I’m making the most of these caterpillars while they’re here. I’m rather taken by their nasty-looking forelegs! No wonder they have such a good grip on the vine leaves.

Perhaps I should have titled this post Caterpillar Feet & the FINAL theme.

You might have noticed that I’ve messed with the theme  – again.  It was Twenty-Fourteen for a day or two, with the lovely big featured images, but it just wasn’t practical for tablet navigation.

upside down is no problem at all

topsy-turvy

Australian Grapevine Moth caterpillar

Australian Grapevine Moth caterpillar

Larvae of the Australian Grapevine Moth  (thumbnail of the featured image)

Just click on any images you would like to see bigger.

My resident blackbird shot out of the grapevine this morning as I went out my side door. I wonder if it might gobble up the smaller caterpillars. As they strip the leaves, they do expose themselves. I’ll keep an eye out.

Thanks for looking. Have a good day.   🙂

Check out Sally’s interesting post and images for this week here  (Macro &  Abstraction of a Ginko Leaf)

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