Go ask Alice! by Celeste Mookherjee

Maybe Alice in Wonderland knows what kind of caterpillar this is, but I certainly didn’t when I first posted the image online at another site (a photo friend came to the rescue and identified it as a hornworm caterpillar that would become a sphinx moth). I was photographing little blue potato bush flowers when I noticed a green branch that seemed exceptionally thick. Oh my, it was a well hidden caterpillar, and of course I had to capture the moment! (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 35mm macro, f/8, 1/60 sec., ISO 400, shade, handheld) (By the way, being a child of the 1960s, my title is meant as a reference to White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (September 2012)

Top 10 in “Camouflaged Critters” challenge in Bugs and Animals on Flowers in Macro group (July 2013)

Featured in Tiny Creatures in Macro (10 March 2013)

Featured in Bicolor Beauties (15 September 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thanks, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • aprilann
    aprilannover 2 years ago

    Beautiful job! I ran across one of these last year in my garden and found out they are voracious eaters. But they are beautiful

  • Thank you, April! My friend who identified this one also told me that they eat a lot and very quickly!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 2 years ago

    just marvelous…….

  • Thanks for the great comment and fave, Linda!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Oooh, fantastic image, Celeste!!!

  • Isn’t he just an amazing character? Thanks very much, Laurie!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Love his angle. Great work

  • Thank you very much, Joy! He was minding his own business (eating leaves) but pretty soon became disturbed at the presence of my lens and took off. At this early stage he was much more photogenic – fortunately for me!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture Celeste.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thank you so much, Jude! I appreciate your kind comment and fave.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 2 years ago

    I think this is the same type of caterpillar that used to decimate our vines if given the chance . . .:-) . . .Splendid capture, Celeste . . . x

  • Thank you, Teresa! Several people have mentioned that this caterpillar is a big eater. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 2 years ago

    Nice find Celeste and so well captured. A fave. :)

  • Thanks very much, Kathy! It definitely was an unexpected discovery, but I always try to take advantage of whatever surprises may appear. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • aprilann
    aprilannover 2 years ago

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  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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